The success of international police investigations is dependent upon the availability of up-to-date, global data.

At INTERPOL, we provide our member countries with instant, direct access to a number of criminal databases. These contain millions of records, contributed by countries across the world.

Maximizing the reach

All databases, except IBIN (INTERPOL Ballistic Information Network), are accessible real-time through the  I-24/7 network which connects all INTERPOL  National Central Bureaus (NCBs).

We are developing web server solutions to extend access beyond our NCBs to frontline law enforcement officers, such as border guards, allowing them to search the databases on wanted persons, stolen and lost travel documents and stolen motor vehicles.

 I-link is a new operating system, being continually developed to improve the quality and uniformity of data, and to enable investigators to make links between cases that would not previously have been apparent.

Main databases

The figures cited below are accurate as of December 2013.

Nominal Data – contains more than 155,000 records on known international criminals, missing persons and dead bodies, with their criminal histories, photographs, fingerprints, etc.  
 Notices – our system of notices is used to alert police to fugitives, suspected terrorists, dangerous criminals, missing persons or weapons threats. In 2013, more than 13,000 Notices were issued, of which more than 8,000 were Red Notices for wanted persons.
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 Stolen and Lost Travel Documents – holds information on more than 40 million travel documents reported lost or stolen by 167 countries. This database enables INTERPOL National Central Bureaus and other authorized law enforcement entities (such as immigration and border control officers) to ascertain the validity of a suspect travel document in seconds.
 Child sexual exploitation images – More than 3,000 victims from more than 40 countries and more than 1,900 offenders have been identified using this database.
 Fingerprints – we manage an Automated Fingerprint Identification System which contains more than 198,000 sets of fingerprints contributed by 180 countries.
 DNA Profiles – contains more than 140,000 DNA profiles from 69 countries. DNA profiles are numerically coded sets of genetic markers unique to every individual and can be used to help solve cri

 Firearms – The INTERPOL Firearms Reference Table allows investigators to properly identify a firearm used in a crime (its make, model, calibre, etc.). It contains more than 250,000 firearms references and 57,000 high-quality images. The INTERPOL Ballistic Information Network is a platform for the large-scale international sharing and comparison of ballistics data, holding more than 200,000 records.

The  INTERPOL Illicit Firearms Records and tracing Management System (iARMS) is an information technology application which facilitates information exchange and cooperation between law enforcement agencies on firearm-related crime.

 Stolen Works of Art – allows member countries to research records of around 43,000 pieces of artwork and cultural heritage reported stolen all over the world.
 Stolen Motor Vehicles – provides extensive identification details on more than 7.2 million vehicles reported stolen around the world. In 2013, around 117,000 stolen motor vehicles were identified using the database.
 Fusion Task Force – a database of more than 10,000 persons suspected of being linked to terrorist activities.  More than 160 member countries currently contribute to terrorism related matters.
Terrorism - Fusion Task Force
Stolen Administrative Documents – contains information on more than 590,000 official documents which serve to identify objects, for example, vehicle registration documents and clearance certificates for import/export.
Dial-Doc (Digital INTERPOL Alert Library – Document) –  is a joint G8-INTERPOL initiative, which allows countries to share at global level alerts produced nationally on newly detected forms of document counterfeiting.
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