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The international police organization (INTERPOL), says it has launched a new tool enabling Caribbean countries to exchange information on fraudulent identity and travel documents.
Known as Dial-Doc (Digital INTERPOL Alert Library Document), INTERPOL said that the technology, launched in collaboration with the Group of Eight of the world’s most industrialized powers (G8), “makes it easy for officials in any of INTERPOL’s 190 member-countries to check if a travel document is fake, through comparison with worldwide images of counterfeit documents.
“Dial-Doc will play a central role in the swift provision of information to law enforcement agencies, particularly in the fields of border management and the fight against identity fraud, human trafficking, terrorism, and financial crime,” INTERPOL said in a statement.
It said an integral part of its strategy is to “provide integrated solutions for border security and to offer access to an array of systems and data that help officers to prevent and combat transnational crime.
Until now, INTERPOL said its member-countries have circulated their own “alerts” relating to fraudulent travel documents.
It said Dial Doc is the data processing platform, which regulates this information and makes it accessible to all INTERPOL member-countries in a “user-friendly manner”.
Dial-Doc project manager Fabrizio Di Carlo said the launch of Dial-Doc represents a milestone in the fight against forged documents.
“We now encourage as many countries as possible to share data related to fraudulent travel documents in order to fulfil the potential of this vital law enforcement tool,” he added.