New Delhi, India – Metaverse is not coming soon. It’s already here.
During a surprise session at the 90th INTERPOL General Assembly in New Delhi, the global police organization unveiled the first Metaverse designed specifically for law enforcement agencies around the world.
The INTERPOL Metaverse is fully functional and allows registered users to tour virtual facsimiles of the INTERPOL Secretariat General Headquarters in Lyon, France, interact with other officers via avatars, and immerse themselves in forensic investigations and other areas. You can also take a type training course. Policing function.
The INTERPOL Metaverse is delivered through the INTERPOL Secure Cloud, ensuring its neutrality.
During the interactive session, the New Delhi General Assembly delegates were able to digitally enter the Lyon building through their avatars using virtual reality headsets.
“To many, the Metaverse seems to herald an abstract future, but the issues it raises are what have always motivated Interpol: helping member states fight crime, INTERPOL Executive Director Jürgen Stock said:
“We may enter a new world, but our commitment remains the same,” the Secretary-General added.
In a follow-up panel discussion, INTERPOL also announced the creation of an expert group on the Metaverse to represent law enforcement concerns on the global stage. This ensures that this new virtual world is safe by design.
Not just for gamers
More than just a gadget for gamers, the Metaverse is often discussed as a possible next stage in the development of the Internet. According to his Gartner, a technology research firm, by 2026, he predicts that one in four girlfriends will spend more than an hour a day in the metaverse for work, study, shopping and socializing. It has been.
as newly released INTERPOL Global Crime Trends Report As shown, crime is increasingly moving online as the pace of digitization accelerates. As the boundaries of our physical world shift further into the digital and seemingly borderless realm, a panel discussion asked, “How can law enforcement continue to protect communities and ensure the rule of law?” How about?” was asked.
How can police raise awareness of threats and capitalize on opportunities?
Criminals have already started exploiting the metaverse. World Economic Forum in partnership with INTERPOL, Meta, Microsoft and others Initiative to define and manage the metaversewarns that social engineering fraud, violent extremism and misinformation can be particularly problematic.
As the number of Metaverse users grows and the technology develops further, the list of possible crimes will continue to include crime against children, data theft, money laundering, financial fraud, counterfeiting, ransomware, phishing, sexual assault and harassment. It is only expanded to potentially include .
For law enforcement, some of these threats can present significant challenges. Because not all acts that are criminalized in the physical world are considered criminal when done in the virtual world.
“By identifying these risks from the start, we can work with our stakeholders to shape the necessary governance frameworks to stem future criminal markets before they are fully formed.” said Madan Oberoi, Executive Director of Technology and Innovation at INTERPOL. “Only by having these conversations now can we build an effective response.”
New World, Same Commitment
The Metaverse offers many benefits for law enforcement. Especially when it comes to remote work, networking, collecting and preserving evidence from crime scenes, and providing training.
Capacity building in the metaverse is particularly promising, offering students opportunities for collaboration and networking, enabling immersive and hands-on activities to ensure greater engagement.
In a live demonstration, INTERPOL Capacity Building and Training Directorate experts conducted a training course on travel document validation and passenger screening using INTERPOL functionality in the Metaverse classroom. Students were then teleported to the airport and allowed to apply their newly acquired skills at a virtual border point.
“The Metaverse has the potential to transform every aspect of our daily lives and have a profound impact on law enforcement,” said Oberoi, Executive Director of Technology and Innovation at INTERPOL.
“But for the police to understand the metaverse, they have to experience it.”
Users can tour a virtual facsimile of the INTERPOL Secretariat General Headquarters in Lyon, France, without geographical or physical boundaries.
The Metaverse offers law enforcement many advantages in terms of remote work, networking, and collecting and preserving evidence from crime scenes.
“We may be stepping into a new world, but our commitment remains the same,” said INTERPOL Executive Director Jürgen Stock.
The INTERPOL Metaverse is already fully operational, allowing cops to interact via avatars.
Police are looking not only to raise awareness of threats, but to capitalize on opportunities in the metaverse.
Criminals have already started exploiting the metaverse.