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Operations

At INTERPOL, we support national police in tactical deployments in the field, aimed at breaking up the criminal networks behind trafficking in human beings and people smuggling.

Operations are preceded by training workshops to ensure that officers on the ground are trained in a range of skills, including specialist interview techniques and the use of specialized equipment.

Deployments effectively combine police action with input from a number of different sectors such as customs and environmental officers, non-governmental organizations, officials from the Ministries of Health and Social Affairs, and prosecutors.

Our Smuggling Training Operation Programme supports INTERPOL member countries in border management issues. In particular, STOP aims to detect organized criminal groups that provide stolen or lost travel documents to irregular migrants or individuals involved in organized crime.

At the heart of the project is the extension of access for police at strategic border points to INTERPOL's secure global police communications network (known as I-24/7). This allows officers to check passenger documents against the INTERPOL Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) Database.

This extended access is backed up by analytical training and operational support. This enhanced infrastructure provides immediate benefits during tactical deployments, along with a lasting legacy of improved operational capacity for the country in question.

Rwanda (2013)

During an operation at Kigali International Airport, Rwandan police checked more than 6,500 international arriving and departing traveller’s identity documents against INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database.

See the Rwanda news story (10 June 2013)

Algeria (2012)

Organized in coordination with the General Directorate of National Safety of Algeria and the National Central Bureau in Algiers, 80 participants including police, border control, Gendarmerie and customs learned to use the SLTD database and other techniques for detecting fraudulent documents. The training was followed by an operation at the Algiers airport.

Italy (2011)

Operation Hammer was conducted in conjunction with Frontex, the European Union agency for external border security. Border police at the international airports of Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa checked 8,000 travel documents over four days, resulting in three positive matches.

See the Italy news story (10 November 2011)

Kenya (2011)

Some 40 police officers benefited from training in the use of INTERPOL's Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database, standard operational policy and procedures and techniques for passport verification. The operation itself took place at Nairobi airport in July 2011.

Benin (2011)

This operation at Cotonou international airport was preceded by two days of training provided to 36 officers from Benin’s Immigration Police, Customs and Gendarmerie.

See the Benin news story (6 June 2011)

Philippines (2010)

During an operation at Manila International Airport in April 2010, more than 5,000 international arrivals and departures were instantly checked against the INTERPOL Stolen and Lost Travel Documents. A total of 50 Philippine police and immigration officers were trained on how to use INTERPOL’s global tools and services.

See the Philippines news story (22 April 2010)

Peru (2008)

Operation Anaconda, carried out at the international airport in Lima, Peru, saw more than 20,000 international arrivals and departures instantly checked against our Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database. The checks resulted in some 200 database matches which were then followed up by national law enforcement authorities.

See the Anaconda news story (24 October 2008)

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Operation Akoma

Operation BIA

Operation Cascades

Dale Sheehan, INTERPOL Director of Capacity Building and Training

Mick O'Connell, INTERPOL Director of Operational Police Support