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Border management

Fighting terrorism and transnational crime through effective border management.

Operations

With the cooperation of international partners, INTERPOL coordinates and supports border-security operations with the aim of disrupting criminals who seek to cross borders using fraudulent documents to conceal their true identity.

This is done by extending permanent or temporary access to INTERPOL’s databases to airports, sea and land borders, and by drawing on INTERPOL’s expertise in forensics, specialized training and investigative skills.

General border security

The Smuggling Training Operation Programme (STOP) targets people smuggling, illegal immigration, and cross-border movements of criminals.

The programme pairs screening operations at major but vulnerable air, sea, and land borders with training of local officers in the use of INTERPOL databases and border control skills.

Border security against specialized crime areas

A number of targeted operations and exercises are carried out against specific crimes, including:

  • terrorism;
  • trafficking in drugs, firearms, illicit goods, stolen motor vehicles and stolen vessels;
  • trafficking in chemical, explosive, nuclear, biological and radiological materials.

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Border security for major events

INTERPOL Major Event Support Teams (IMESTs) are deployed to assist member countries in the preparation, coordination and implementation of security for high-profile events such as sports matches or political summits.

The Border Management programme supports these activities not only in the host country but also in neighbouring or partner countries, helping to establish wider border security capabilities in the region.

News
23 March 2017

INTERPOL training on fake document detection to boost security in Southeast Asia


27 January 2017

INTERPOL’s Project Stadia and Council of Europe meet on major event security


07 December 2016

INTERPOL border operation targets organized crime networks across West Africa


23 November 2016

INTERPOL and EU project bolsters security in Jordan


04 November 2016

INTERPOL training under EU-ASEAN programme spotlights border security


04 November 2016

Fake document detection focus of INTERPOL training


21 October 2016

INTERPOL Chief warns of dangerous gaps in global screening for foreign terrorist fighters


14 September 2016

INTERPOL team helps safeguard ASEAN summit under EU-ASEAN programme


10 August 2016

Global response to terrorism must evolve with the threat - INTERPOL Chief


03 August 2016

INTERPOL team in Brazil to support security measures during Rio Olympics


13 June 2016

INTERPOL border operation in Southeast Asia targets crime suspects


08 June 2016

INTERPOL’s global network supporting Euro 2016 security


07 June 2016

Border management focus of INTERPOL training in West Africa


23 May 2016

INTERPOL and UNODC forge closer ties in combating transnational crime


29 April 2016

INTERPOL training to strengthen border management in West Africa


13 April 2016

INTERPOL border operation in Southeast Asia targets terror suspects


01 April 2016

Effective information sharing underpins efforts against nuclear terrorism – INTERPOL Chief


25 March 2016

INTERPOL global resources supporting Brussels terror probe


19 March 2016

INTERPOL advises enhanced border vigilance following Abdeslam arrest


18 March 2016

Border security focus of INTERPOL training under EU-ASEAN programme


23 February 2016

INTERPOL and Europol take steps against organized crime behind migrant smuggling


15 February 2016

Enhancing port security in the Philippines focus of INTERPOL training


15 February 2016

Drugs, criminals, guns and gold intercepted in INTERPOL border operation in West Africa


13 January 2016

European Parliament President and INTERPOL Chief meet on security issues


11 January 2016

INTERPOL Chief says fight against terrorism at decisive stage


Operation STOP - Mick O’Connell, INTERPOL Director of Operational Support

Operation Lionfish video report

Operation Lionfish photo report

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