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23 March 2017

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

BANGKOK, Thailand – Detecting fake or fraudulent travel documents to enhance border security is the focus of an INTERPOL training course in Thailand.

The three-day (22-24 March) course aims to equip law enforcement officers from the region with the skills to keep their countries safe by identifying individuals attempting to travel using forged documents.

Participants from police, immigration, customs and border security agencies, forensic document laboratories and criminal investigation units are taking part in classroom and practical exercises on the different methods used by criminals to alter various travel and identity documents.

With fraudulent documents often used by criminals attempting to cross national borders undetected, the training course organized by INTERPOL’s Counterfeit Currency and Security Documents unit enables participants to understand document printing techniques, security features, ink analysis and examination methods.

“Counterfeit currency and travel documents are challenges that require urgent effective solutions. These often feed other serious crimes and major threats which not only pose risks to national security, but also can greatly affect security on regional and global levels,” said Major General Choochat Thareechat, Commander of the Thai Immigration Bureau’s Investigation Division.

Participants were also updated on INTERPOL’s support to member countries in identifying and interdicting individuals attempting to travel with fraudulent documents, including through the use of its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database and Dial-Doc platform.

Containing more than 72 million records from 175 countries, the SLTD database allows officers at border points to directly query travelers’ documents to determine if they have been reported as lost or stolen. Dial-Doc allows 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.

Expert presentations on operational activities, border management tools, case studies and research on document security were provided by SICPA, a private company providing secured identification, traceability and authentication services; the United States Secret Service, Department of State Diplomatic Security Service and the US Embassy in Bangkok; and Thailand’s Institute of Forensic Medicine.

“We value highly the opportunity to participate in this multi-cultural exchange of views and expertise. Understanding the day-to-day challenges which our law enforcement partners face around the world is crucial for SICPA to provide the best tools to support them in their fight against transnational crime,” said Catherine Fankhauser, SICPA Sales Director ISS – Identity Security Solutions.

Countries participating in this week’s training are Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.