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Our History and Emblems

– Over 50 Years of Global Service

The INTERPORTPOLICE bears a proud 50 year tenure of airport and seaport police and public safety authorities working together worldwide. Over the years, serious crime changed from local and regional to very international with criminals having no borders to worry about. Terrorism became a prevalent event in certain regions and an international concern long before September 11, 2001. Today, after 9/ll, the world of security has changed all together and we assist each other as a global force fighting serious crime and terrorism. It took the leaders of government and law enforcement departments with individual foresight to see the need and forge a path of mutual cooperation.

In 1968 and 1969 international law enforcement leaders met as a steering committee to establish the International Organization of Port Authority Police. In 1969 at the third meeting held in Los Angeles, California, the organization was formally established through international MOUs with the Agencies. In 1970 the first meeting of the organization was held at the Massachusetts Port Authority, “Massport”, with senior command police from around the world attending (pictured above-left). In 1974 airport authorities were added and as often it was the same jurisdiction and added and the names Airport and Seaport was changed to the International Association of Airport and Seaport Police (IAASP).

In 2010 a new charter was adopted to include transport and border jurisdictions whose activities correspond to public transportation security and the supply chain within aviation and maritime were added to reflect the additional disciplines working within the maritime and aviation sector. Today rail, transit, surface transportation, border and customs all contribute within the supply chain and passenger transportation. With the additions of disciplines it was decided rather than continue to grow the acronym and to reflect an operational international organization would adopt the contraction INTERPORTPOLICE representing International Airport, Seaport, Transport and Border Police. The INTERPORTPOLICE contraction is one word. This was patterned after INTERPOL as they use the contraction representing their name the International Criminal Police Organization.

Our emblem and shield was updated for the first time in 2011 since 1972.

Added are 37 stars representing our fallen colleagues from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department on September 11, 2001.  These stars are a continuous reminder to never forget our fallen officers and officials and those who follow in their path working each and every day to fight terrorism and serious transnational crime.


A contraction for International Organization of Airport & Seaport Police




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