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03 October 2017

Identifying fake documents focus of INTERPOL training in Central Asia

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan – Increasing border security in Central Asia was the focus of an INTERPOL training course on detecting fraudulent travel documents.

Bringing together participants from police, immigration and border control agencies, document experts and forensic document examiners from Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, the course provided them with the skills to identify individuals attempting to enter their countries with fake or forged documents.  

During the three-day (27 – 29 September) training course, participants took part in classroom and practical exercises on the different methods used by criminals to alter various travel and identity documents.

Topics discussed during the course included document printing techniques, security features, examination methods, identity management at border points and INTERPOL’s role in combating document counterfeiting.

Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan, Colonel Akromkhon Bobokhonov, said: “We recognize the importance of experience and knowledge exchange between international experts, and we support INTERPOL’s efforts to combat transnational organized crime through combating document fraud.”

With fraudulent documents often used by criminals attempting to cross national borders undetected, the training course included a hands-on exercise at the Tashkent international airport using a mobile device to check passports against INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database.

Containing more than 76 million records from 175 countries, the SLTD database allows officers at border points to directly query travelers’ documents to determine if they have been reported as lost or stolen.

The training course was organized by INTERPOL’s Counterfeit Currency and Security Documents unit and the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Uzbekistan. Expert presentations on border management tools, case studies and document security features were provided by SICPA, a private company providing secured identification, traceability and authentication services; and the US Department of State Diplomatic Security Service.

“Our train-the-trainer programme aims at enhancing international cooperation though forensic document examination, strengthening border security and increasing intelligence sharing amongst countries using INTERPOL’s policing capabilities,” said Daniela Djidrovska, Coordinator of INTERPOL’s Counterfeit Currency and Security Documents unit.

“INTERPOL’s activities to enhance the skills of immigration officers, border control officials and forensic document examiners in Central Asia in detecting fraudulent documents could not be successful without the support of private sector partners such as SICPA,” she added.