• INTERPOL Lisbon
  • Member since :
Back to Europe



Law enforcement services in Portugal are provided by five different bodies:

 “Polícia Judiciária” (PJ) - Criminal Investigation Police

Mandate: prevention, detection and investigation of violent, organized and financial crime.

Supervised by the Public Prosecutors Office, a body of autonomous magistrates, the PJ is part of the Ministry of Justice.

National Republican Guard – called “Guarda Nacional Republicana” (GNR) in Portuguese.

Mandate: ensure public order and investigate violent and non-organized crime in rural areas.

The GNR is part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Public Security Police – called “Polícia Segurança Pública” (PSP) in Portuguese

Mandate: ensure public order and investigate non-organized and violent crime in urban areas.

The PSP is part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Immigration and Border Agency – called “Serviço Estrangeiros e Fronteiras” (SEF) in Portuguese.

Mandate: responsible for border control and the prevention of illegal immigration. Part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the SEF is also responsible for issuing entry and residence permits, as well as matters relating to deportation and asylum.

Portuguese Maritime Police – called “Polícia Marítima” (PM) in Portuguese. Part of the Ministry of Defence, the PM is the national naval service which patrols all Portuguese harbours.


The INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for Portugal is part of the PJ’s International Cooperation Unit. INTERPOL Lisbon liaises with domestic police services and judicial authorities for international requests requiring action. It also serves as a police platform for international investigations involving Portugal.

INTERPOL Lisbon is headed by a senior criminal police investigator who is assisted by three chief inspectors in charge of operational groups:

  • Central Unit;
  • Police Cooperation Unit;
  • Judicial Cooperation Unit.

The NCB is staffed by 15 inspectors who are able to communicate in a wide range of languages. They are experts in many fields of international crime fighting, including:

  • Criminal information analysis;
  • Law and data protection;
  • Firearm identification and tracing;
  • Violent crime;
  • Organized crime;
  • Financial crime.
INTERPOL Lisbon in action
11 May 2012

INTERPOL updates global alert for Madeleine McCann

LYON, France – INTERPOL has issued an updated global alert in relation to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from a holiday resort in Portugal on 3 May 2007, to include an age-progressed image showing how she may look today.Detectives from London’s Metropolitan Police Service conducting an investigative review into the disappearance of the then three-y...
18 November 2010

Portugal arrests and extradites Colombian fugitive following hit on INTERPOL databases

INTERPOL's databases and worldwide network enabled Portuguese police to identify, arrest and extradite to Bogota a fugitive attempting to enter the country using a stolen passport altered to camouflage the suspect’s criminal history in Colombia.Investigations were triggered when a Lisbon airport border check against INTERPOL's database of more than 22 mil...
05 March 2010

INTERPOL co-ordinated operation targets illegal trade in wildlife medical products

LYON, France - An international operation co-ordinated by INTERPOL targeting the illegal trade in traditional medicines containing protected wildlife products has resulted in a series of arrests worldwide and the seizure of thousands of illegal medicines worth more than EUR 10 million.National wildlife enforcement authorities, police, customs and speciali...
19 November 2009

International operation combats online supply of counterfeit and illegal medicines

An international week of action targeting the online sale of counterfeit and illicit medicines has resulted in a series of arrests and the seizure of thousands of potentially harmful medical products.In response to an ever-increasing number of websites supplying dangerous and illegal medicines, Operation Pangea II involving 24 countries was co-ordinated b...

Red Notices 1

Age today: 38 years old
Nationality: Portugal


All wanted persons

Yellow Notices 6

Age today: 56 years old
Nationality: Portugal


Age today: 54 years old
Nationality: Portugal


All Missing persons

  • 26th INTERPOL General Assembly - 17-22 June 1957 - Lisbon
  • 20th INTERPOL General Assembly - 11-15 June 1951 - Lisbon