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08 December 2017

Enhancing border security by detecting illicit travel documents

NASSAU, Bahamas – Developing the knowledge and skills of specialized officials to identify fraudulent documents was the focus of an INTERPOL workshop in Nassau.

Involving 16 border control officers and law enforcement officials from four countries  – Bahamas, Colombia, Jamaica and Mexico – the three-day (6 – 8 December) security document examination training sought to enhance border security by developing the capacity of participants to detect fake and counterfeit travel documents often used by criminals and terrorists.

"It has become very easy for people and goods to cross international borders. Hence, international cooperation must be strengthened to guard against the increase of fraudulent documents which threatens national security," said the Head of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Nassau, Telinda Missick.

During the training course, the second to be jointly 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.

“Building the capacity of stakeholders to secure documents from counterfeiting is one of Gemalto’s key missions as a major industry expert, and we are looking forward to an expanded collaboration with partners such as INTERPOL on this important issue,” said Lovro Persen, Security Documents and Product Expert at Gemalto.

With the first such training course held in Uruguay in December 2015, INTERPOL CCSD Coordinator Daniela Djidrovska said: "This second joint INTERPOL-Gemalto training has underlined the need to bring together forensic document examiners and border control officers from INTERPOL member countries to strengthen and improve the methodology in detecting fraudulent documents through enhanced use of INTERPOL’s global tools and databases."

These include its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database; Dial-Doc, which allows immigration and border officers to compare documents against recently detected fakes; and the Edison database which gives frontline officers access to detailed examples of genuine travel documents from around the world.