Structure and governance
A global presence
Recognizing the value of bringing together police within a region to share experiences and tackle common crime issues, the Secretariat has seven regional offices:
- Argentina (Buenos Aires)
- Cameroon (Yaoundé)
- Côte d’Ivoire (Abidjan)
- El Salvador (San Salvador)
- Kenya (Nairobi)
- Thailand (Bangkok)
- Zimbabwe (Harare)
Our presence on the international stage is strengthened through liaison offices at the United Nations in New York and at the European Union in Brussels. These enable us to work closely with those UN and EU departments and entities that share our mission of preventing and combating transnational crime, and develop joint efforts to enhance regional and global security.
In order to further strengthen our physical presence across the world, we opened the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore (officially inaugurated in April 2015). The activities centred at the IGCI revolve around research and development in the identification of crimes and criminals, innovation-based capacity building, and provision of 24/7 operational police support.
Reflecting the diversity of our membership, around 100 different nationalities are currently represented at the Secretariat and its regional offices, many of them law enforcement personnel seconded or loaned from their national administration. Having these connections in all regions of the world ensures the Organization can provide enhanced support wherever it may be needed.
Staff work in any of the Organization's four official languages: Arabic, English, French and Spanish and have developed new tools, databases and services to help member countries fight a wide range of criminal activities and to encourage communication and cooperation between National Central Bureaus.
INTERPOL's structure is defined in its Constitution (Article 5)