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12 October 2010 - Media release

Commonwealth Games in India reach security milestone in co-operation with INTERPOL

Indian authorities carry out more than 500,000 checks against INTERPOL's global databases to ensure security

LYON, France - The Indian authorities have been commended by INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble for their collaborative efforts with INTERPOL and international law enforcement on the safety of participants and spectators across the country by ensuring that as many domestic and foreign visitors as possible are being checked against the world police body's global databases.

With India hosting hundreds of thousands of visitors during the 2010 Commonwealth Games (3 - 14 October), INTERPOL deployed at the request of Indian authorities a Major Events Support Team (IMEST) to support the security efforts of Indian authorities ahead of and during the event. With three days to go before the end of the Games, the total number of checks carried out by Indian authorities at key inspection points against INTERPOL's global nominal and stolen or lost travel documents databases had reached almost 525,000.

"While there has been much media speculation on India's preparation for hosting the Commonwealth Games, INTERPOL wishes to go on the record to commend India from a security standpoint for ensuring that more than half a million visitors' names and passports have been screened against the world's only global databases of nominal and stolen and lost travel documents," said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

"This impressive security milestone could only have been reached through exhaustive and careful planning by both India and INTERPOL. We will continue to work closely with India to ensure security for the Commonwealth Games until they end."

Via the IMEST and the 24-hour Command and Co-ordination Centre (CCC) at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France, Indian police authorities have been able to instantly query INTERPOL's global databases, including its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database containing more than 22 million entries from more than 153 countries.