Interpol – the largest international police organization in the world with 190 member countries – in collaboration with the Spanish National Police and Datatag, has been providing training on illegal vehicular traffic and how to stop it in the port of Algeciras. The course has been aimed at agents working in the field to advance their understanding of the newest identification techniques and how criminals try to disguise vehicles.

Focusing on heavy plant and machinery the presentations have been given by experts in the field and Nick Mayell, from security experts Datatag, is such an expert and is recognised widely as one of the most experienced in the field of forensic vehicle identification recovery. Nick, as he does on Datatag courses in the UK, guided attendees through the steps to identify a machine and said, “It’s always good to share knowledge and advance skills and this opportunity to train front end officers means they will have a greater chance to spot criminal activity around plant and machinery and as a result secure convictions – that’s got to be a good thing!”

The conference, attended by over 30 officers, was held in the auditorium of the Bahía de Algeciras Port Authority (APBA) because of its strategic importance in tackling crime of this sort. It was the first port in Spain to handle 100 million tons of freight in 2015 and totals over 10 km of quays in different basins, managing all types of passenger and freight traffic. It is often the last checkpoint that goods go through before leaving the European Union and it’s authority, and has historically been well used by criminal gangs who, unfortunately for them, will now find the officers here just that little bit more able to stop them.