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Interpol

  • By: Kailash Gupta
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

Interpol stands for the International Criminal Police Organization. Interpol facilitates cross-border police cooperation and assists all organizations, authorities, and services with a mission to prevent or combat international crime.

After the United Nations (UN), Interpol is the largest intergovernmental organization with 187 member countries. In 2008, 562 law enforcement officers from 82 countries worked together in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish at the headquarters in France, and seven regional offices located in Argentina, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, El Salvador, Kenya, Thailand, and Zimbabwe. Interpol also has special representatives at the UN in New York and the European Union in Brussels. Each Interpol member country maintains a National Central Bureau (NCB) staffed by national law enforcement officers.

Interpol was originally established in 1923 in Austria as the International ...

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