Colombo: Sri Lanka has launched South Asia`s first integrated Interpol service according to a statement posted on the Defense Ministry website on Tuesday.
The launching ceremony of the Integration of Interpol Database Services with Sri Lanka Immigration Border Control System was presided over by Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, it said.
The service is the largest of its kind in South Asia and is expected to facilitate identifying and tracking criminals across borders.
The project will be implemented by the Department of Immigration and Emigration of the Sri Lanka Police.
The system is capable of storing stolen or lost travel documents and nominal information which contains the records of known international criminals with photographs and fingerprints and can even be used online or offline.
The system which was initiated in year 2004 presently holds 32 million records on file and as of November 2011, 600 million searches were made on the database. A total of 187 countries from all over the world are connected to the Interpol system to date.