INTERPOL issues a global threat assessment on crime and policing”.

With COVID-19 drastically changing the law enforcement landscape, INTERPOL has issued a global threat assessment on crime and policing to its 194 member countries.

The report, which is for law enforcement only, draws on expertise and knowledge from police in countries already dealing with COVID-19 related issues and will be regularly updated as new threats emerge.

It outlines the ‘crime lifecycle’ to help law enforcement in countries which are now being affected, and identifies the challenges facing police across different regions, as well as best practice and measures to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 related crimes.

Among the evolving threats outlined in the report:

  • Marked increase of cyber threats including malicious domains, malware and ransomware
  • Health service providers and essential products outlets increasingly targeted as critical infrastructure
  • Fraudulent and counterfeit trade in personal protective equipment (PPE) and anti-viral pharmaceuticals
  • Increased drug commerce via social media, encrypted apps and the Darknet
  • Individuals and businesses on reduced incomes potential targets of loan sharks

The report also includes exclusive insights by police chiefs from around the world, ensuring information is shared directly by those currently shaping and implementing national law enforcement responses.

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