Sunday, April 3, 2022


Interpol is the International Criminal Police Organisation and it is the world's largest police organisation.  It's not actually a law enforcement agency.  Rather facilitates police cooperation worldwide.  Its headquarters are in Lyon, France.  It has seven regional bureaus and a National Central Bureau in all 195 member countries.  The four operating languages are English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.

The only countries that aren't a member of Interpol are Micronesia, North Korea, Palau, and Tuvalu.

Interpol focuses on three major areas which are terrorism, cybercrime, and organised crime.  Under these three areas every possible crime is covered including crimes against humanity, child pornography, drug production and trafficking, political corruption, intellectual property infringement, and white-collar crime.

Its charter mandates that Interpol remain politically neutral so it doesn't get involved with activities that are political, military, religious, or racial in nature.  I wonder how involved it will be with the Russian invasion of Ukraine if Putin gets charged with crimes against humanity.  

The National Central Bureau for Czechia is in Prague.  In 2019, the Czech Police provided Interpol with a new, high-tech database called "Relief".  Relief runs a comparative analysis of the tool-marks, logos, and chemical compositions of drug packages which enables law enforcement to identify the origin and routes of compressed drug deliveries and shipments.  It helps to identify previously unknown links and disrupt the organised criminal networks trafficking illegal drugs.

There's also a Europol but I'm not sure if it is a part of Interpol or something completely different.  Guess I need to look in to it.

Here's a short video I found out on YouTube about Interpol.


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