Frontline database access

Border officers can screen people, goods, vehicles and vessels against millions of INTERPOL records.

How does it work in practice?

Our member countries have real-time access to our range of criminal databases which contain millions of records contributed by countries. Countries can make this access available to their frontline law enforcement officers at airports, sea ports and land border crossings.

Border checks against INTERPOL databases provide information in real-time, allowing officials to detain potential criminals on the spot.  Countries can also cross-check this data against their national databases.

“The failure to screen identity documents against INTERPOL’s databases is a security gap.” Jürgen Stock, INTERPOL Secretary General
Operational databases for first-line checks
  • Stolen and lost travel documents including those reported as stolen in blank or revoked;
  • Notices – INTERPOL’s colour-coded system of international alerts or requests for cooperation;
  • Nominal data – personal data and the criminal history of individuals subject to a request for cooperation;
  • Travel documents associated with notices;
  • Stolen motor vehicles and identifiable spare parts;
  • Stolen vessels and engines;
  • iARMS – illicit firearms.
Border control officers can check a traveller’s identity against INTERPOL’s databases from both fixed and mobile checkpoints.

Continuing the investigation

Once a potential criminal travelling with a fraudulent document or in a stolen vehicle has been detained, police officers need backup data to pursue their investigation. INTERPOL can provide assistance with our specialized databases.

Forensic databases for second-line checks
  • Edison – Examples of genuine travel documents, to help identify fakes;
  • Dial-Doc – National alerts on recently-detected forms of document counterfeiting;
  • Fingerprints;
  • DNA profiles;
  • IBIN – ballistic data.
Frontline database access

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