International Criminal Police Organization

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Policing

The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) is an intergovernmental organization that facilitates international police cooperation and helps to prevent and combat transnational crime.

It was founded in 1923 and currently has 194 member countries.

INTERPOL’s primary role is to provide a platform for police agencies from different countries to collaborate on investigations and share information related to international criminal activity. The organization does not have its own police force but instead acts as a central hub for exchanging information and coordinating law enforcement efforts across borders.

INTERPOL’s activities include the issuance of international arrest warrants, the coordination of cross-border investigations, and the provision of technical support and training to member countries. The organization also maintains a range of databases related to international criminal activity, such as databases of stolen and lost travel documents, wanted persons, and stolen vehicles.

One of INTERPOL’s primary focus areas is transnational crime, including organized crime, human trafficking, cybercrime, terrorism, and drug trafficking. Through its international network of law enforcement agencies, INTERPOL can facilitate intelligence sharing and coordinate efforts to combat these types of criminal activity.

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Last Modified: 03/09/2023


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