Transnational policing is a complex and multifaceted approach to crime control that can reach across national borders, often requiring collaboration among multiple organizations and their agents. Although this type of law-enforcement activity is not new, it has become more extensive—and, some might say, more necessary—with the rise of international terrorism and the globalization of crime.

The types of crimes that naturally extend beyond state boundaries often include immigration and border-related offenses. Transnational crimes also can occur within the borders of one specific state if the consequences of those crimes significantly affect another state or all of humanity. Human smuggling, money laundering, piracy, narcotics trafficking, and international terrorism are examples of transnational crimes.

In response to the surge in crimes of this nature, transnational policing has increased ...

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