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13 August 2013

INTERPOL joins Frontex operation in Romania against Black Sea crime

CONSTANTA, Romania – Under the umbrella of the INTERPOL Integrated Border Management Task Force (IBMTF), INTERPOL has assisted Frontex in an operation to check travel documents used by passengers travelling through the Romanian port of Constanta, a major port on the Black Sea.

Frontex, the European Union agency for external border security, deployed international expert groups as part of itsJoint Operation Focal Point Sea 2013initiative in order to assist Romanian Border Police to check passports, establish the purpose of foreigners’ visits, and check the authenticity of documents.

With the aim of disrupting people smuggling and trafficking networks that provide lost or stolen travel documents to illegal immigrants or organized criminals, more than 11,000 searches were undertaken on INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) and Nominal databases during the four-day operation (5-8 August).

The SLTD holds information on more than 38 million travel documents reported as lost or stolen by 166 INTERPOL member countries. The Nominal database contains some 154,000 records on known international criminals or missing persons.

IBMTF takes the lead in coordinating INTERPOL initiatives involving border security and is responsible for planning and coordinating border security management policy; enhancing the capacity of border security in INTERPOL member countries; developing partnerships with international organizations and the private sector; and allocating resources to border security initiatives.