Interpol To Create A Metaverse For Training Purposes
- Interpol has confirmed the debut of the Interpol metaverse, provided through the INTERPOL Secure Cloud, which will allow registered individuals to tour a virtual replica of its Interpol General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France.
- Users will be able to interact with other police officers through their avatars and participate in virtual training sessions for forensic investigation and other policing skills.
- Delegates to the General Assembly in New Delhi virtually visited the Lyon building during the interactive session by using avatars and virtual reality headsets.
The International Criminal Police Organization, commonly known as Interpol, has recently announced its plans to offer training in its own metaverse for policing the virtual world.
According to a recent press release, the Interpol metaverse, provided through the INTERPOL Secure Cloud, will allow registered individuals to tour a virtual replica of its Interpol General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France, without any physical or geographical boundaries. Interestingly, the users will be able to interact with other police officers through their avatars and participate in virtual training sessions for forensic investigation and other policing skills.
Delegates to the General Assembly in New Delhi virtually visited the Lyon building during the interactive session by using avatars and virtual reality headsets.
The dedication of Interpol reflects a growing concern about monitoring online spaces, which are becoming more and more popular as technology advances. According to technology research company Gartner, by 2026, one in every four people would spend a minimum of an hour every day working, studying, shopping, or socializing in the metaverse.
The executive director of technology and innovation for Interpol, Madan Oberoi, stated in a statement that “the metaverse has the potential to revolutionize every aspect of our daily lives” with massive implications for law enforcement. However, he believes that the police need to experience Metaverse to understand it.
Crimes against children, data theft, money laundering, financial fraud, counterfeiting, ransomware, and phishing are just a few of the potential crimes. According to previous reports, a South Korean man allegedly conducted sexual assaults in the space. Interpol went on to say that this situation is surely challenging as not all behaviors that are unlawful in the real world are also illegal in the virtual one.
According to INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock, “For many, the Metaverse seems to herald an abstract future, but the issues it raises are those that have always motivated Interpol — supporting our member countries to fight crime and making the world, virtual or not, safer for those who inhabit it. We may be entering a new world, but our commitment remains the same.”
In a panel discussion that followed, Interpol also disclosed the formation of an expert metaverse group with the aim to “represent the concerns of law enforcement on the global stage — ensuring this new virtual world is secure by design.”
Meanwhile, DappRadar published a report which claims that despite the declining trading volume in the whole crypto industry, users are still flocking to the Metaverse sector.
Interpol is the latest to join the list of major entities displaying interest in the sector’s potential. While many big companies have filed their trademark applications for metaverse, many are still deciding on their strategy.
As per earlier reports, metaverse was one of the biggest blockchain trends in 2021, attracting some of the world’s biggest brands, athletes, singers, and celebrities.