Tuesday, June 03, 2008


re: "Interpol is offering countries the opportunity to give their front-line officers instant access to its many databases. These databases contain millions of records of criminal information on individuals and property submitted by member countries, constituting a unique and vast collection of data that does not exist at the regional or national levels. /There are millions of stolen or lost travel documents in circulation today. How can an immigration officer at an airport, sea port or land border crossing know if a passport is stolen or not? What are the consequences for national security if a terrorist or criminal enters a country using a stolen travel document and false identity? / At field level, most countries rely on their own national sources of information. Yet crime is increasingly globalized. Real-time access to up-to-date international information is vital to prevent criminals from travelling freely to escape from the law or commit further crimes. /Interpol manages a database of passports, identity cards and visas reported as stolen or lost by countries all over the world known as the stolen and lost travel documents (SLTD) database. It enables front-line officers to check instantly whether a travel document is stolen or lost. Interpol also has databases on stolen motor vehicles and wanted persons. /To help countries connect easily, Interpol has developed two integrated solutions using either fixed or mobile integrated network databases, known as FIND and MIND. Both can integrate into the existing computer-assisted verification system in a country. In addition, MIND can be used in a country without an existing system..."...

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