Response teams

At the request of member countries, we can provide specialized teams to assist national police. There are two types of team, each made up of experts in the relevant fields.

Incident Response Teams



An INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT) is deployed at the request of a member country during a crisis situation. There are two types of IRT:

  • Disaster – an emergency response to a manmade or natural disaster. The IRT delivers concentrated attention to urgent issues and problems arising from the disaster or crisis, focusing all available INTERPOL resources on the situation at hand.
  • Crime – the deployment of specialized personnel to assist and support a member country faced with a major or serious police issue. Crime IRTs provide specific expertise and investigative support to police.

An IRT can be briefed, equipped and deployed anywhere in the world within 12 to 24 hours of an incident.

Expert assistance

An IRT is typically composed of expert police and support staff, and is tailored to the specific nature of the crime or disaster and the type of assistance INTERPOL is requested to provide.

IRTs can provide a range of investigative and analytical support at the incident site in coordination with the General Secretariat, such as:

  • Issuing international notices for fugitive terrorists whose arrests are sought by member countries;
  • Database queries of fingerprints to quickly identify suspects;
  • Access to the database of lost or stolen travel documents;
  • Money laundering expertise;
  • Coordination of response to  disaster victim identification through a wide network of international experts and laboratories.

The first IRT was deployed in October 2002 to Indonesia following a terrorist bombing in Bali. To date, more than 80 teams have been deployed to countries across the world.

INTERPOL team deployed for FIFA World Cup in South Africa

 INTERPOL condemns Abuja terror ‘slaughter’ (14 April 2014)

 Qatar delegation meets with senior INTERPOL officials to identify areas for enhanced cooperation (17 February 2014)

 INTERPOL Red Notice subject arrested in security operation during Southeast Asia Games (23 December 2013)

 INTERPOL deploys team to Philippines to assess disaster victim identification needs after Typhoon Haiyan (19 November 2013)

 Global disaster victim identification efforts need permanent structure says INTERPOL Chief (30 October 2013)

 INTERPOL to help Belarus safeguard 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship (23 October 2013)

 Strengthening security at Rio 2016 Olympic Games focus of agreement with INTERPOL (22 October 2013)

 INTERPOL team deployed to assist Kenyan investigation into Westgate shopping centre terror attack (26 September 2013)

 INTERPOL condemns Nairobi terror ‘bloodbath’ (22 September 2013)

 INTERPOL deploying team to assist Bulgarian investigation into suicide terrorist bomb attack on Israeli tour bus (19 July 2012)

 UEFA European Football Championship safety an INTERPOL priority (9 June 2012)

 UEFA and INTERPOL to join forces in tackling football-related crime ahead of EURO 2012 (11 January 2012)

 Rio 2016 security chief updated on law enforcement initiatives during INTERPOL visit (25 November 2011)

 Cricket World Cup security success (5 April 2011)

 Terror suspect arrested in Maldives after passport check triggers INTERPOL alarm (10 March 2011)