International Criminal Police Organization Law and Legal Definition

International Criminal Police Organization or Interpol is the world’s largest international police organization operating world-wide with 180 member countries. It was founded in 1923 and is headquartered at Lyons, France. The organization gathers and shares information on transitional criminals with more than 180 member nations. Interpol currently operates six sub-regional bureaus in addition to a representative office at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The mission of Interpol is to support police and law enforcement agencies in its 186 member countries in their efforts to prevent crime and conduct criminal investigations as efficiently and effectively as possible. The four main functions of Interpol are:

To secure global police communications services;

To provide global databases and data services;

To provide operational police support services; and

To provide focused police training initiatives and of on-demand advice, guidance and support in building dedicated crime-fighting components with national police forces.