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09 November 2017

Detecting fake documents focus of INTERPOL training

BALI, Indonesia – Enhancing border security through the identification of fraudulent security documents is the focus of an INTERPOL training course in Indonesia.

The three-day (8 – 10 November) course brings together some 18 immigration, border control officers and forensic document examiners from across the region to develop the knowledge and skills to recognize fake travel and identity documents.   

Conducted by INTERPOL’s Counterfeit Currency and Security Documents unit and document examination experts from Regula, participants in the training session are taking part in practical exercises on identifying printing techniques and security features, document examination using specialized equipment, and methods used by criminals to alter documents.

Andrei Dumski, International Sales Manager at Regula, said: “We are proud to work with INTERPOL to share our knowledge on detecting fraudulent travel and identity documents with the world’s police, to assist in their efforts to protect citizens around the world from harm.”

The training course will also see participants updated on INTERPOL’s policing capabilities which assist member countries in detecting fraudulent documents.

These include the Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database which contains some 78 million records submitted by 176 countries; Dial-Doc which allows immigration and border officers to compare documents against recently detected fakes; and the Edison database which gives frontline officers access to detailed examples of genuine travel documents from around the world.  

“The ability to quickly detect when an individual is using a fake document can have a clear and immediate impact on national and global security. The importance of working with partners in the private sector to benefit from their expertise in this area cannot be overlooked,” said Daniela Djidrovska, Coordinator of INTERPOL’s Counterfeit Currency and Security Documents unit.

Countries taking part in the training course are Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand.