Terrorism that makes use of CBRNE materials (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives) poses a clear threat to public health and safety, national security and economic and political stability on a global level. As such, the prevention of such incidents is of the highest priority.

The threat of CBRNE terrorism is evolving and, with it, the risk of incidents intended to maximize the number of victims on a global scale. We know that terrorist groups are working hard to acquire CBRNE materials and the expertise to use them in their operations.

Have a look at our questions and answers to find out more about the issues surrounding CBRNE.

INTERPOL’s response

At INTERPOL, specialized teams focus on the prevention of three types of terrorism:

The INTERPOL methodology for countering the threat of CBRNE consists of three main pillars:

  • Information sharing and intelligence analysis
  • Capacity building and training
  • Operational and investigate support

Our activities range from data analysis, training workshops and table-top exercises, to international conferences and on-the-ground operations.

Information sharing and intelligence analysis

As well as conducting threat assessments and analysis, we publish a regular analytical report: the INTERPOL CBRNE Monthly Digest. Shared with our member countries and other subscribers, it summarizes open source reporting on all aspects of CBRNE crime and terrorism and provides an analytical perspective on particular issues.

Capacity building and training

We assist our member countries in building their capacity, skills, and knowledge in order to counter the CBRNE threat. We work to:

  • Increase the level of CBRNE awareness in law enforcement agencies;
  • Deliver training sessions in order to increase law enforcement capabilities;
  • Provide prevention methodologies for use by member countries.

Operational and investigative support

On request, INTERPOL can provide operational support to its member countries in the form of an Incident Response Team. In the event of a terrorist attack, staff with expertise in CBRNE matters can be deployed in these teams.

In addition, we run a number of initiatives, projects and operations to support the international law enforcement community in tackling the trafficking of CBRNE materials.

10 February 2017

INTERPOL operational exercise targets smuggling of chemical explosive precursors

16 December 2016

INTERPOL workshop focuses on chemical security risks and challenges

10 November 2016

Operational training exercise targets smuggling of nuclear and radiological materials

14 October 2016

Multi-agency response to bioterrorism incidents focus of INTERPOL exercise

30 September 2016

Investigating radiological crime scenes focus of INTERPOL training

23 September 2016

INTERPOL training in Bali targets trafficking of chemical and explosive materials

23 September 2016

Challenges in responding to infectious disease incidents focus of INTERPOL meeting

19 July 2016

INTERPOL workshop delivers biosafety curriculum for law enforcement

01 July 2016

US and INTERPOL hold multilateral dialogue on nuclear smuggling prosecutions

14 June 2016

Information sharing on bomb makers focus of Project Watchmaker meeting

20 May 2016

Operational exercise targets smuggling of chemical explosives

19 May 2016

Countering terrorism threat to food supplies focus of international symposium

01 April 2016

INTERPOL Chief discusses terrorism in CNN interview

01 April 2016

Effective information sharing underpins efforts against nuclear terrorism – INTERPOL Chief

25 March 2016

INTERPOL holds bioterrorism workshop

29 January 2016

INTERPOL nuclear trafficking conference looks ahead to 2016 Nuclear Summit

27 January 2016

INTERPOL conference targets global nuclear trafficking

22 January 2016

INTERPOL training course targets chemical smuggling