Structure and governance
INTERPOL's activities are driven by member countries, within a clear framework of governing bodies and statutory meetings.
The General Assembly and Executive Committee form the Organization's governance.
General Assembly – INTERPOL’s supreme governing body, the General Assembly is composed of delegates appointed by each member country. It meets annually to take all important decisions related to policy, resources, working methods, finances, activities and programmes.
Executive Committee – Elected by the General Assembly, the Executive Committee is headed by the President of the Organization. It provides guidance and direction to the Organization and oversees the implementation of decisions made at the annual General Assembly.
Day-to-day implementation of the Organization's strategic decisions is carried out by the General Secretariat and National Central Bureaus.
General Secretariat – located in Lyon, France, the General Secretariat operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is run by the Secretary General. The Secretariat has seven regional offices across the world along with Special Representatives at the United Nations in New York and at the European Union in Brussels.
National Central Bureaus (NCBs) – Each INTERPOL member country maintains a National Central Bureau linking national police with our global network. Staffed by highly trained national law enforcement officers, NCBs are the lifeblood of INTERPOL, contributing to our criminal databases and cooperating together on cross-border investigations, operations and arrests.
Advisers – these are experts in a purely advisory capacity, who may be appointed by the Executive Committee and confirmed by the General Assembly.
Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (CCF) – The CCF ensures that the processing of personal data – such as names and fingerprints – is in line with INTERPOL's rules, in order to protect both the fundamental rights of individuals and the cooperation among police internationally.
INTERPOL's structure is defined in its Constitution (Article 5)