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The International Criminal Police Organization, commonly known as INTERPOL, is an independent international organization with a mission to enable police throughout the world to combat and prevent crime through cooperation and innovation. Formed in 1923 and headquartered in Lyon, France, INTERPOL provides services in the areas of police communication, database support, and law enforcement capacity building. Since upgrading its system in 2003, INTERPOL was the first police organization to use Internet-based technology to securely deliver police information. INTERPOL’s I-24/7 global law enforcement system connects all member countries (189 as of 2017) in real time. INTERPOL receives more than 14 million messages on an annual basis. Its law enforcement databases contain more than 30 million records, which include information on stolen vehicles, stolen works of art, ...

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