Our response to radiological and nuclear terrorism

We offer training and expertise to help countries counter the threat of nuclear and radiological terrorism.

Geiger analytical database

The Geiger database is an analytical platform that collates law enforcement data on incidents involving radiological or nuclear material. It is used for analyzing patterns and trends, risks and threats, routes and methods, weakness and vulnerabilities, and contributes to the publication of INTERPOL notices and the CBRNE Bi-Monthly Digest.

By carrying out searches of the Geiger database, we can provide member countries with information related to their investigation of terrorist and criminal acts involving radiological and nuclear materials.

INTERPOL’s Geiger database contains over 4,200 incidents involving radiological or nuclear material.

These incidents date back to 2002 and range in severity from the detection of contaminated scrap metal to attempted sale of nuclear material. The Geiger database has contributed to the production of over 40 INTERPOL notices.

INTERPOL Geiger database

Building capacity in country

Our training portfolio consists of activities designed to support member countries in four areas:

Operational support

We support radiological detection activities at sea ports, airports, and traditional border crossing points.

This activity is organized for law enforcement, customs officers, immigration officials, border controls, and other relevant agencies to apply their knowledge of radiation detection equipment in an operational environment.

International cooperation

We work closely with a number of international organizations to combat the threat of radiological and nuclear terrorism, notably with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

INTERPOL also represents the international law enforcement community in our role as an observer at the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism.

We have been an observer at the Nuclear Security Summit process since the second Summit in Seoul (2012), representing the global law enforcement community at the highest level. We also participated in the subsequent summits in The Hague (2014) and Washington DC (2016).

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