The past decade has seen much innovation and change in INTERPOL's activities, services and approach. Below are just a few of the milestones in our recent history.
- An Automated Fingerprint Identification System allows member countries to view, submit and cross-check records in INTERPOL’s fingerprint database.
- Red notices are made publicly available for the first time via INTERPOL’s website.
- Creation of our first database of child sexual abuse images in order to help identify and rescue victims.
- Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, we create a Command and Co-ordination Centre (CCC) and become operational around the clock. The CCC will be officially inaugurated in 2003.
- Deployment of the first Incident Response Team, to Bali, Indonesia, following a bombing in which 202 people died.
- A Fusion Task Force is established to assist member countries in terrorism-related investigations.
- Creation of the first-ever global database of Stolen and Lost Travel Documents.
- Roll-out of I-24/7, a new secure global police communications system, begins, with Canada the first country to connect in January.
- A project is launched to track down fugitives wanted in connection with the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
- Creation of the DNA database.
- The Orange Notice is created in order to warn about potential threats from disguised weapons, parcel bombs and other dangerous materials.
- An Incident Response Team is deployed following the Asian Tsunami. For the following 12 months it provides co-ordination, logistics, communications and forensic support to authorities in countries hit by the disaster.
- The Office of the Special Representative of INTERPOL at the United Nations opens in New York.
- The INTERPOL-United Nations Security Council Special Notice is introduced, designed to alert police to groups and individuals who are the targets of UN sanctions against Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
- The first INTERPOL Global Conference on Preventing Bioterrorism takes place. More than 500 delegates attend from 155 countries, making it the largest-ever gathering in INTERPOL’s history.
- INTERPOL re-affirms its political neutrality on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its Constitution.
- The importance of police training is recognized and we create a dedicated office.
- Operation Vico – the Organization’s first ever direct appeal to the public – leads to the arrest of a serial child abuser just 11 days later.
- For the first time, all National Central Bureaus are connected to the same secure police communications system (I-24/7).
- INTERPOL publishes its Forensic Report on FARC Computers and hardware seized by Colombia, following an independent forensic analysis by an Incident Reponse Team at the request of Colombia.
- A new programme called OASIS (Operational Assistance, Services and Infrastructure Support) is launched for Africa, with the aim of enabling police forces to address crime threats effectively on a global level.
- An Incident Response Team is sent to Cebu, the Philippines, to assist local authorities with the task of identifying some 800 victims of a ferry disaster.
- Official inauguration of the Office of the Special Representative of INTERPOL at the European Union in Brussels.
- First-ever address by an INTERPOL Secretary General at the United Nations General Assembly.