AIRCOP is a multi-agency project implemented by UNODC in partnership with INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization (WCO). It aims at strengthening the capacities of international airports to target and intercept high-risk passengers, including foreign terrorist fighters, illicit drugs and other illicit commodities as well as to detect victims of trafficking in persons and smuggled migrants. It also aims at facilitating communication and coordination between origin, transit and destination countries to disrupt cross-border illicit ows and criminal net- works.

Based on the fundamental idea of information sharing and trust building, adaptable to the evolution of trafficking routes and the emergence of newly traffcked commodities, AIRCOP is continuously expanding across the globe as a key element of border management and security. Through its support to the efficient management of international airports and by virtue of the nexus existing between peace, security and development, AIRCOP also participates in the social and economic development of the countries and regions in which it operates.

The project has also expanded its geographical coverage and currently includes airports in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. As such, AIRCOP is a key component of an integrated approach to border control management.

AIRCOP is implemented around 3 pillars:

        
Funded by the European Union under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace
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AIRCOP also receives contributions from Canada, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway and the United States of America.
     

AIRCOP supports inter- agency cooperation through  the    establishment and   operationalization of inter  agency Joint Airport  Interdiction Task Forces (JAITFs), bringing together law enforcement  agencies operating at airports.  

 

AIRCOP facilitates    secure real-time transmission and sharing of information between law enforcement services at national, regional and international levels, including through connection to INTERPOL I-24/7 databases, and the CENcomm system of WCO.                                            

 

AIRCOP promotes an intelligence-led approach by providing JAITFs with basic and specialized      training  and mentoring.  JAITFs also participate in exchange programmes and are engaged in international joint operations during which controls are heightened at selected airports.  

 

AIRCOP contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Development Agenda 2030.