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, cargo and mail, as a contri- bution to the fight against illicit drugs and other illicit commodities (such as willdlife products or falsified medical products), terrorism-related threats (such as arms or potential foreign terrorist fighters), trafficking in persons ans smuggling of migrants. It also aims at facilitating communication and coordination between origin, transit and destination countries to disrupt cross-border illicit flows and criminal networks.

Based on the fundamental idea of information sharing and trust building, adaptable to the evolution of trafficking routes and the emergence of newly trafficked 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 now includes airports in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East

A project funded by the European Union 
under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace,
within the Global Illicit Flows
Programme

 

AIRCOP is based on three pillars:                           

       

                                          

                                           

AIRCOP also receives funding from Australia, Canada, France, Japan,
the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

                 

AIRCOP supports inter-agency cooperation through the establishment of Joint Aiport Interdiction Task Forces (JAITFs), which bring together law enforcement agencies operating at international airports.

JAITFs are nationally owned, integrated in the national security architecture and have a mandate over the entire airport platform covering passengers, mail and cargo. AIRCOP provides JAITFs with various types of office equipment, IT and photographic equipment, as well as inspection and testing tools.

 

AIRCOP builds the capacities of the JAITFs towards an intelligence-led identification, detection and interception of known and unknown high-risk passengers travelling by air as well as suspicious mail and cargo.

This includes intelligence collection, risk analysis and implementation of appropriate targeting measures, using data sources such as passenger manifests, Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR). JAITFs are also trained to undertake behavioral analysis, identify counterfeit documents, use efficient search techniques, and initiate post-seizure investigations.

 

AIRCOP facilitates secure real time transmission and sharing of information between law enforcement services at national, regional and international levels. Specific tools provided by AIRCOP include access to INTERPOL’s secure global police communications network (I-24/7) and databases, WCO’s CENcomm system and relevant national databases.

Exchange of information and cooperation are also facilitated through exchange programmes, study tours as well as regional and global meetings, with a focus on South-South cooperation.

 

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