INTERPOL, International Criminal Police Organization, is the world’s largest international police organization, with 190-member countries. The role is to enable police around the world to work together to make the world a safer place. Our hightech infrastructure of technical and operational support helps meet the growing challenges of fighting crime in the 21st century.
The idea of establishing an international police cooperation organisation emerged at the first International Criminal Police Congress in 1914, which was held in Monaco. During these sessions, lawyers, policemen and magistrates from 24 different countries met to discuss different procedures and technologies related to the capturing of criminals. Officially created in 1923 as the International Criminal Police Commission with headquarters in Vienna, Austria, on the initiative of Dr Johannes Schober, president of the Vienna Police., the Organization became known as INTERPOL in 1956.