WASHINGTON – Last week, INTERPOL Washington successfully launched a new phase of assistance to the Colombian government that will enhance its border security capabilities, improving its ability to detect and interdict transnational criminals and terrorists entering Colombia. Through Project TERMINUS, a technical team from INTERPOL Washington’s Border Security Division (BSD) worked on the ground in Bogotá to provide, install, and ensure effective operation of equipment that connects Colombian law enforcement authorities to INTERPOL databases.
“Project TERMINUS is bringing critical new law enforcement tools to our indispensable partners in Colombia,” said INTERPOL Washington BSD Deputy Assistant Director Keith Hood. “Close collaboration between nations is the only way to stop transnational crime and terrorism. By strengthening Colombia’s interconnection with INTERPOL, the world’s largest police organization, TERMINUS is making the world a safer place and protecting our communities.”
During the visit, the INTERPOL Washington technical team worked closely with National Central Bureau Bogotá and met with Colombian National Police representatives from each region of the country. They discussed the current threat landscape, challenges with irregular migration, and the security benefits of Project TERMINUS.
Project TERMINUS is a partnership established in 2016 between INTERPOL Washington’s BSD and the State Department's Bureau of Counterterrorism. It helps deliver solid, actionable criminal intelligence in a secure manner around the world by extending INTERPOL’s I-24/7 secure global police communications system in high-risk areas and select host nations globally. Through Project TERMINUS, expert technical assistance is made available to countries seeking to integrate access via the TERMINUS Tool Kit of Solutions, enhancing their ability to screen against the illicit international travel of transnational criminals and terrorists. Partner nations receiving assistance from Project TERMINUS include Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Kyrgyzstan, Panama, The Republic of Georgia, and The Maldives.
A component of the U.S. Department of Justice, co-managed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, INTERPOL Washington—the U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB)—is the designated U.S. representative to INTERPOL. It serves as the national point of contact and coordination for all INTERPOL matters, coordinating international investigative efforts among member countries and the more than 18,000 local, state, federal, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies.