Interpol launches its own metaverse

Interpol Metaverse

You will now be able to visit the Interpol HQ in the metaverse. But a team of experts will keep a closer eye on Web3.

On October 20, the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) announced the launch of the first metaverse. The organization released the news during the 90th anniversary of its General Assembly in India.

According to the release, Interpol’s metaverse allows users from around the world to access Interpol’s headquarters in Lyon, France.

Visitors to the metaverse will be able to explore and interact with other officials through their own avatars and take classes or private courses in police training and intensive forensic investigation, among other activities.

During the ceremony, General Assembly officials were able to enter the metaverse using VR equipment to tour the Interpol building in France.

Interpol will offer training courses in the metaverse

Interpol’s objective, in addition to offering guided tours, is to get the most out of the metaverse by offering immersive training courses to its officers, which will allow them to carry out police and forensic practices without compromising any mission in real life. Jürgen Stock, Secretary General of Interpol, has stated that the organization is working to make users around the world feel safe even in this new era of virtual interactions:

“To many, the metaverse seems to herald an abstract future, but the questions it raises are what has always motivated INTERPOL: supporting our member countries in the fight against crime and making the world, virtual or otherwise, safer. for those who inhabit it.

Likewise, Interpol announced the creation of a “metaverse expert group” to enforce laws on a global scale. The specialized unit, created in Singapore, will focus on fighting all kinds of crimes related to the metaverse and cryptocurrency by tracking money.

During the ceremony, several Interpol experts gave a live virtual demonstration in which they trained a group of agents in the verification of travel documents, “teleporting” them to a virtual airport to apply their knowledge at a VR border post.

Crime also exists in the metaverse

The metaverse and Web3 are no strangers to Interpol. In a recent turn of events, Interpol issued a red notice for Do Kwon, following the collapse of the Terra ecosystem. He has also published several investigations on the use of cryptocurrencies in cybercrime and traditional criminal activities.

According to the report of the General Assembly presented on October 19, cyber threats have been increasing exponentially worldwide according to data collected in the 195 member countries of the organization, so this new implementation seeks to target a criminal sector that is becoming an emerging threat.

In addition, Interpol pointed out that financial crimes and cybercrime are interrelated since many of them are carried out through digital technologies that also serve to launder money.

Therefore, Stock pointed out that the metaverse training initiative and the tactical team will continue to develop in the coming years to become “a real asset for law enforcement agencies around the world.”