INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organisation which was established in 1923. This organisation was formed to facilitate cross-border police cooperation, supports and assists all organisations, authorities and services to prevent or combat international crime.
It has a strong network of 190 member countries; each represented by a National Central Bureau and committed on a daily basis to international police cooperation. These member countries have agreed to "ensure and promote the widest possible assistance between all criminal police authorities in the prevention and suppression of ordinary law crimes".
Aims of INTERPOL
A political offence is one which is considered to be of a predominantly political nature because of the surrounding circumstances and underlying motives, even if the offence itself is covered by the ordinary criminal law in the country in which it was committed. This interpretation, based on the predominant aspects of the offence, is embodied in a resolution adopted by Interpol's General Assembly in 1951.
In addition, a resolution adopted in 1984 states that, in general, offences are not considered to be political when they are committed outside a "conflict area" and when the victims are not connected with the aims or objectives pursued by the offenders.
Guiding principles of INTERPOL
International police co-operation within the ICPO-INTERPOL has always been conducted in accordance with the guiding principles which are given below:
Respect for these principles means that Interpol cannot have teams of detectives with supranational powers who travel around investigating cases in different countries. International Police cooperation has to depend on co-ordinated action on the part of the member States' police forces, all of which may supply or request information or services on different occasions.
Structure and Governance of INTERPOL
INTERPOL's activities are driven by member countries, within a clear framework of governing bodies and statutory meetings. The General Assembly and Executive Committee form the Organisation's governance.
Day-to-day implementation of the Organisation's strategic decisions is carried out by the General Secretariat and National Central Bureaus.
General Secretariat: It is located in Lyon, France; the General Secretariat operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is run by the Secretary General. The Secretariat has seven regional offices across the world along with Special Representatives at the United Nations in New York and at the European Union in Brussels.
National Central Bureaus (NCBs): Each INTERPOL member country maintains a National Central Bureau linking national police with our global network. Staffed by highly trained national law enforcement officers, NCBs are the lifeblood of INTERPOL, contributing to our criminal databases and cooperating together on cross-border investigations, operations and arrests.
Crime Areas of INTERPOL
Today’s the crimes have a transnational dimension and require a global response. Hence, INTERPOL work to prevent and investigate a wide range of crimes, delivering tangible initiatives and making a real difference to international cooperation. Some of the name given below: