Organized crime

Definitions of what constitutes organized crime vary widely from country to country. Organized networks are typically involved in many different types of criminal activity spanning several countries.

These activities may include trafficking in humans, illicit goods, weapons and drugs, armed robbery, counterfeiting and money laundering. Indeed, almost all the crimes areas that we tackle at INTERPOL have an organized aspect.

In this section we focus on three projects that were set up in response to very particular types of criminal network, each of which comes with its unique set of challenges.

These projects facilitate cooperation among our member countries and stimulate the exchange of information between all national and international enforcement bodies concerned with countering these problems.

Our aims within these projects are to:

  • Provide professional and technical expertise;
  • Collect, analyse and disseminate relevant police data;
  • Coordinate international investigations;
  • Identify, establish and maintain contact with experts in the field;
  • Publish manuals, handbooks and reports for investigators.

Additionally, we pursue strategic partnerships with other international organizations and institutions active in specific crime areas, and carry out joint projects on an international level.

08 July 2015

Belgian Deputy Prime Minister visit to INTERPOL focuses on terrorism and cybercrime

25 June 2015

Official visit to INTERPOL by Frances Fitzgerald, Ireland’s Minister for Justice and Equality

08 April 2015

INTERPOL meeting supports fight against drug trafficking across Africa

24 March 2015

Enhancing cooperation in combating organized crime and terrorism focus of INTERPOL meeting

31 December 2014

Fakes worth EUR 37 million seized in INTERPOL coordinated operations across Europe

15 December 2014

INTERPOL operation in Central America and the Caribbean nets almost 30 tonnes of drugs

12 September 2014

International jewel thief wanted via INTERPOL nabbed by Swiss police

10 September 2014

Formal recognition of INTERPOL Travel Document underlines Kuwait’s commitment to global security

05 September 2014

Strengthening global fight against Latin American organized crime focus of INTERPOL meeting

18 July 2014

Illegal gambling networks across Asia targeted in INTERPOL-led operation

25 June 2014

Kuwait requests INTERPOL Purple Notice after fake car parts used to smuggle drugs

05 June 2014

Police and public unite behind INTERPOL campaign to #TurnBackCrime

26 March 2014

Effectively tackling drug trafficking across Africa focus of INTERPOL meeting

05 March 2014

INTERPOL and International Organization for Migration agreement to enhance border security

05 March 2014

Lack of oversight in cigarette components funds organized crime, warns INTERPOL Chief

20 December 2013

Combating new trends in Latin American organized crime focus of INTERPOL project

17 December 2013

Security across Americas boosted through INTERPOL training programmes

22 November 2013

INTERPOL holds advanced training on criminal intelligence analysis in the Americas

23 September 2013

Korean arrest of INTERPOL Red Notice subject major blow to Chinese organized crime

02 July 2013

Drugs worth nearly one billion dollars seized in INTERPOL-led operation across Central America and the Caribbean

19 June 2013

Police arrest high-level organized crime members in Italian-led action

28 May 2013

INTERPOL wins global award for ‘exceptional’ work in combating illicit trade and counterfeiting

24 May 2013

INTERPOL training to enhance analytical skills in the fight against drugs and organized crime in the Americas

10 May 2013

Bahamas hosts INTERPOL programme to enhance fight against organized crime in the Americas

23 November 2012

WCO and INTERPOL bolster fight against transnational organized crime

17 October 2012

Spanish operation targeting criminal networks and money laundering supported by INTERPOL

01 April 2012

INTERPOL praises capture of mafia boss in Thailand

06 December 2011

Panama hosts first INTERPOL programme to boost fight against drugs and organized crime in Americas

09 May 2011

FIFA makes historic contribution to INTERPOL in long-term fight against match-fixing

15 December 2010

Tackling organized crime in South East Europe focus of police chiefs meeting at INTERPOL

16 July 2010

Thousands arrested in INTERPOL-led operation against illegal soccer gambling networks across Asia

17 June 2010

INTERPOL Chief calls for concerted global action against organized crime in UN address on 10th anniversary of Palermo Convention

01 April 2010

INTERPOL supported operation targeting organized crime in South East Europe leads to heroin seizure and arrests