INTERPOL has developed a strategic framework for the years 2011-2013, to provide a focused and effective direction for our programmes and activities during this period. Within this framework, approved by our General Assembly in November 2010, we have defined four strategic priorities and two corporate priorities.
These priorities are in line with the Organization's vision and mission and reflect the dynamic environment and challenges of international policing in the 21st century.
1: Secure global communication network
We run a secure global police communications and support system (known as I-24/7) that connects all 190 National Central Bureaus (NCBs), along with other authorized law enforcement agencies and strategic partners, allowing them to instantly access, request and submit vital data.
We are committed to making these tools and services more efficient and effective over the next three years. We will achieve this through a number of objectives and activities, for example by enhancing the infrastructure of I-24/7, continuing to expand the system beyond NCBs and to officers in the field, and by better integrating the sharing of data between INTERPOL and other systems.
2: 24/7 support to policing and law enforcement
We provide round-the-clock support and a wide range of operational assistance to our member countries, including emergency and crisis response. We are committed to further improving response times, follow-up and the integrated nature of our response.
Objectives and activities are focused around our Command and Coordination Centre, the development of new investigative expertise, and the deployment of teams specialized in incident response, security issues at major events and the identification of disaster victims.
3: Capacity building
We are committed to enhancing the tools and services that we provide in the area of law enforcement training and to raising standards in international policing and security infrastructures. We will work with partners and stakeholders in order to build the capacity of police services in countries in need and to empower them to respond effectively to the challenges of transnational crime.
Over the next three years we will work to leverage current resources in our member countries, implement new training programmes, build partnerships internationally with the public and private sectors to deliver training and technical assistance, and work with member countries to develop common standards and recognized best practices.
4: Assisting member countries in the identification of crimes and criminals
We provide the highest quality database services, analytical capabilities and other innovative tools to assist in preventing crime as well as assisting in the identification, location and arrest of fugitives and transborder criminals. We aim to further improve our criminal information databases and better support their integration, along with analytical/investigative methods and mechanisms.
Objectives and activities will centre on improving the quality and quantity of information in our databases, enhancing investigative and analytical capabilities, developing a global approach to integrated border management, and actively supporting member countries in locating and apprehending fugitives and other transnational criminals.
5: Business continuity and sustainability
We will focus efforts on strengthening our core infrastructure, improving our business model and communicating our long-term relevance in terms of policing and law enforcement leadership and support.
We will strengthen our business infrastructure and support mechanisms in order to ensure efficient delivery of our core services. A key activity in this area will be the implementation of a new INTERPOL Global Complex in Singapore. Other objectives will focus on human resources, financial management and communications strategies. In addition we will foster outside partnerships in support of our strategic priorities.
6: Institutional and Legal Support
We recognize the importance of efficient governance mechanisms, the need to develop the strategic and geographical outreach for the Organization, and to find innovative solutions to complement INTERPOL’s funding. This institutional effort needs to be supported by solid legal foundations. We will focus efforts on enhancing the legal stability and foundation for international activities, including ensuring compliance with INTERPOL rules and regulations. One of the overriding considerations is to enhance the Organization's neutrality and independence.