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03 December 2015

INTERPOL training on detecting fake documents aims to enhance border security

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Enhancing border security through the detection of fake and counterfeit travel documents was the focus of an INTERPOL training course.

The three-day (1 – 3 December) security document examination workshop in Uruguay provided 20 border control officers and law enforcement officials from Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay with specialized knowledge and skills to identify fraudulent documents, which are often used by criminals and terrorists to try and evade detection.

During the course, delivered by INTERPOL’s Counterfeit and Security Documents Branch (CSDB) and international digital security company Gemalto, participants also took part in practical exercises which examined printing methods, document security features, document verification technologies and examination techniques.

“The increasing level of sophistication and quality of counterfeit and fraudulent documents, particularly passports, poses a serious threat to national and international security,” said Jim Anderson, head of INTERPOL’s Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes unit, which includes the CSDB unit.

“It is vital that frontline officers who are checking these documents are as fully trained as possible in detecting fakes and also have access to real-time information on the latest forgery techniques,” added Mr Anderson.

Among the tools available to law enforcement for exchanging information on fraudulent identity and travel documents is Dial-Doc (Digital INTERPOL Alert Library – Document).

Launched by INTERPOL and the G8 in 2013, Dial-Doc makes it easy for officials in any of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries to check if a travel document is fake, through comparison with images of recently detected counterfeit documents provided by countries worldwide.

In addition, the Edison database allows frontline officers to access detailed examples of genuine travel documents, in order to detect fakes.

“We are honoured for the opportunity given by INTERPOL to contribute to these training sessions. Meeting with stakeholders and vested groups about the need for securing documents from counterfeiting is one of our key mission as a major industry expert, and we are looking forward to an expanded dialogue on these topics in the future,” said Youzec Kurp, Vice President of Government Programs at Gemalto.

The training course also highlighted the potential misuse of identity documents for means other than travel, such as to obtain financial services.