INTERPOL Reveals First-Ever Metaverse Experience for Global Law Enforcement

The one-of-a-kind experience will allow eligible users to tour a virtual replica of the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France, and take up immersive training courses in forensic investigation and other policing capabilities.

Oct 23, 2022
by Akira Ming
INTERPOL Reveals First-Ever Metaverse Experience for Global Law Enforcement
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INTERPOL introduces the first operational global police metaverse

The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) has unveiled its first-ever metaverse experience for law enforcement across the globe. Dubbed the INTERPOL Metaverse, this one-of-a-kind virtual world was introduced to law enforcement officials during the 90th INTERPOL General Assembly in New Delhi, India. 

According to the announcement, registered users can tour a digital twin of the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France, without any geographical or physical boundaries. Users can even interact with officers via virtual avatars and take up immersive training courses in forensic investigation and other policing capabilities.

"For many, the Metaverse seems to herald an abstract future, but the issues it raises are those that have always motivated INTERPOL - supporting our member countries to fight crime and making the world, virtual or not, safer for those who inhabit it," said INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock in a statement. 

"We may be entering a new world, but our commitment remains the same," added the Secretary General. 

Based on INTERPOL's newly released Global Crime Trend report, more and more crimes have migrated online, and it is vital for the international agency to safeguard communities from such crimes. Social engineering scams, violent extremism, and misinformation are some of the ever-existing threats posed by cybercriminals. 

On that matter, INTERPOL claims that the Metaverse offers several advantages to law enforcement, especially in terms of remote working, networking, collecting and preserving evidence from crime scenes, and providing training.

For instance, in one of the live demos, the INTERPOL Capacity Building and Training Directorate demonstrated how they hosted a Metaverse classroom to teach about travel document verification and passenger screening. Students were then teleported to a virtual airport where they apply their new skills at a simulated border point.

"The Metaverse has the potential to transform every aspect of our daily lives with enormous implications for law enforcement," said Mr. Oberoi, Executive Director of Technology and Innovation of INTERPOL. "But in order for police to understand the Metaverse, we need to experience it."

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