The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)
The International Criminal Police Organization - INTERPOL, with Headquarters in Lyon (France), is the world’s largest international police organization, with 190 member countries, each represented by a National Central Bureau. Created in 1923, INTERPOL facilitates international police co-operation via its global police communication system, databases, training and specific assistance in cross-border operations. INTERPOL has developed via its National Central Bureau’s a worldwide network of experts in areas related to specialized police activities. The day-to-day support is provided by more than 600 staff members at the General Secretariat and in its Regional Bureaus. To accomplish INTERPOL’s mission, its General Secretariat functions through a wide range of specialized units, such as public safety and terrorism, trafficking in human beings, organized crime, financial and high-tech crime, drug trafficking, intellectual property crime and anti-corruption. Pursuant to INTERPOL’s Constitution, action is taken within the limits of the laws existing in different countries and in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.