Criminals operate across borders that are both physical and virtual, taking advantage of developments in technology, travel and trade to make a profit. At the same time, the scale and sophistication of terrorist attacks is increasing.

Criminal activities ruin the lives of their victims, damage businesses and our environment, and threaten the health, livelihood and security of citizens worldwide.

The threat today is global and it requires a global solution. With our membership of 190 countries, INTERPOL serves as a vital link between law enforcement agencies around the world.

We help police to work across borders, enabling them to share and access data related to investigations, and providing training and assistance in operations on the ground.

INTERPOL provides a global platform, offering a wide range of criminal databases and expertise such as forensics, analysis and fugitive support. We act as a bridge across countries with different languages, time zones and legal systems.

Our activities are focused on the three areas we consider the most pressing today: counter-terrorism, cybercrime, and organized and emerging crime.

INTERPOL’s General Secretariat is in France, with satellite offices in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Each member country maintains a National Central Bureau, staffed by national law enforcement officials and directly connected to INTERPOL’s secure network, through which we can reach frontline officers at border points and other specialized agencies.