Specialised officers at Interpol review thousands of messages sent from member countries each year, routinely notifying investigators of previously unknown links between investigations in other countries. In the more significant and complex cases, the General Secretariat in Lyon serves as a clearinghouse for information and co-ordinates joint task force meetings. The primary vehicle for this is I-24/7, Interpol’s global police communications system. Using this system, investigators anywhere in the world can search and cross-check data with direct and immediate access to databases. With the addition of money laundering data, investigators will have one resource for both financial and police information.
Interpol’s Anti-Money Laundering Unit is committed to improving the effectiveness of co-operation between its partners in the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing by identifying national liaison officers throughout the world to act as points of contact. Interpol’s Anti Money laundering Unit is also engaged in synergising initiatives with other organizations. This includes initiatives to improve information exchange especially with the financial intelligence units (FIUs). The Interpol General Secretariat is also increasingly participating in delivery of training and technical assistance on AML/CFT.
The counter terrorism task force within Interpol called Fusion Task Force focuses on the significant methods of money transfer by terrorists. It utilizes Interpol’s membership as a catalyst to collect information, to identify members of terrorist organizations and the logistical networks that support them. The analytical packages indicating the identified organizations, suspects or techniques that could pose a risk are then disseminated to the relevant members.
For more information about Interpol, please see their website at www.interpol.int, and in particular their page with links relevant to Money Laundering.