Law enforcement and other government agencies possess powers that sport does not have, such as tackling the source and supply of illegal substances as well as searching and detaining those suspected of crimes. Equally, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and other Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) receive information and develop expertise that can be useful to criminal investigations.
Partnerships between ADOs and law enforcement enable:
- Combatting the illegal production and distribution of doping substances
- Exchanging intelligence and practical support
- Coordinating evidence-gathering
- Coordinating investigations of mutual concern
WADA has engaged in such partnerships with Interpol, World Customs Organization and Europol.