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Interpol is the acronym for the International Criminal Police Organization. It is an international organization of police forces from 176 countries designed to coordinate International Law enforcement. Interpol furthers mutual aid and cooperation among the police forces of its national members in order to prevent and inhibit crime.

Interpol was established in 1923, with the General Secretariat—the international headquarters—located in Lyons, France. Delegates from member countries meet once a year to discuss police problems and admit new members. Each member nation maintains and staffs its own national central bureau. In the United States, the bureau is located in Washington, D.C. The U.S. bureau is under the direction and control of the Departments of Justice and of the Treasury, and is staffed by personnel from those departments.

The General Secretariat is supported by membership dues. Its budget is based on the Swiss franc, since that is a stable currency. Approximately five percent of the total budget is paid by the United States.

Interpol is forbidden by its constitution to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious, or racial character. Each national central bureau coordinates and responds to inquiries received from local and foreign law enforcement agencies. Each bureau also arranges for resolutions adopted by Interpol to be applied at the national level, and works to ensure that the basic principles laid down by Interpol's constitution are followed. National central bureaus are linked electronically to the Interpol General Secretariat's main database in Lyons.

The organization uses a system of international notices (circulars) to inform peace officers in the national bureaus of cases where known criminals abandon their usual residence and travel abroad surreptitiously. The color coded circulars are distributed by Interpol Headquarters to member countries within twenty days of their issue, or, in urgent cases, the same day. In the case of a fugitive whose arrest is requested and whose Extradition is likely, a wanted notice containing details of the arrest warrant and the offense committed is circulated.

In addition, Interpol conducts investigations of criminal activities, including drug trafficking, Terrorism, counterfeiting, Smuggling, Organized Crime, and new forms of economic crime. It conducts criminal history checks for visa and import permits and traces vehicle registration and ownership. Interpol also performs humanitarian services such as locating missing persons and providing notification of serious illness or death.


International Criminal Police Organization, an association of over 100 national police forces, devoted chiefly to fighting international crime.
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During the meeting between visiting Executive Director of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) Jean Michel Louboutin and chief of Interpol section of Iranian police, Colonel Massoud Rezvani, here in Tehran on Tuesday evening, Louboutin said Iran is an effective player in the organization's international operations.
The source, who asked not to be named, said the Yemeni authorities gave the names of 90 suspects including those wanted for terrorist charges to the International Criminal Police Organization.
The meeting was organized by the General Secretariat of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) in coordination with the ISF.
Produced by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in cooperation with the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security, this publication reproduces a presentation for UN delegations and civil society representatives introducing the template of the Biological Incident Database produced in response to the UN resolution on a Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy Plan and its annexed plan of action, which called for "the United Nations system to develop, together with Member States, a single comprehensive database on biological incidents, ensuring that it is complementary to the biocrimes database contemplated by the International Criminal Police Organization.
Other investigators have discovered that already to be the case: According to the International Criminal Police Organization, more commonly known as Interpol, Brazil ranks third--after Italy and the United States--among countries favored by the loose-knit Italian organized crime group known as the Cosa Nostra.
The 1996 Nobel Peace Prize co-laureate said he is studying ways with lawyers from Australia, Britain, the United States and Spain to place the hard-liners on the wanted list of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).
The officers in each of these cases could take advantage of the International Criminal Police Organization, more commonly known as INTERPOL.
PARIS, Nov 1 (KUNA) -- Kuwait is eager to participate in the meeting of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), set to kick off in Monaco next Monday, to develop police cooperation, according to Kuwaiti Ambassador to France Ali Al-Saeed.
Bahrain and five other Arab and foreign countries are taking part in the three-day event, organized by the Royal Academy of Police (RAP) in cooperation with the International Criminal Police Organization " ICPO--INTERPOL".
The interior minister also said that it is important to deal with legal bodies in the Arab world and the region as well as the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).
The Justice System of Equatorial Guinea informs the national and international public that on today's date, Tuesday, October 16 of the current year, the International Criminal Police Organization, more commonly known as Interpol, and the Security Forces of the Equatoguinean State have received an Arrest Warrant for the French citizen Daniel Lebegue.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is an old member of the International Criminal Police Organization and based on the existing records in the Interpol, Tehran's Interpol was established in 1938," he added.

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