Response teams

At the request of member countries, we can provide specialized teams to assist national police. There are two types of team, each made up of experts in the relevant fields.

Incident Response Teams



An INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT) is deployed at the request of a member country during a crisis situation. There are two types of IRT:

  • Disaster – an emergency response to a manmade or natural disaster. The IRT delivers concentrated attention to urgent issues and problems arising from the disaster or crisis, focusing all available INTERPOL resources on the situation at hand.
  • Crime – the deployment of specialized personnel to assist and support a member country faced with a major or serious police issue. Crime IRTs provide specific expertise and investigative support to police.

An IRT can be briefed, equipped and deployed anywhere in the world within 12 to 24 hours of an incident.

Expert assistance

An IRT is typically composed of expert police and support staff, and is tailored to the specific nature of the crime or disaster and the type of assistance INTERPOL is requested to provide.

IRTs can provide a range of investigative and analytical support at the incident site in coordination with the General Secretariat, such as:

  • Issuing international notices for fugitive terrorists whose arrests are sought by member countries;
  • Database queries of fingerprints to quickly identify suspects;
  • Access to the database of lost or stolen travel documents;
  • Money laundering expertise;
  • Coordination of response to disaster victim identification through a wide network of international experts and laboratories.

The first IRT was deployed in October 2002 to Indonesia following a terrorist bombing in Bali. To date, more than 80 teams have been deployed to countries across the world.

25 March 2015

INTERPOL deploys team to support investigation into Germanwings plane crash

24 November 2014

INTERPOL brings together sporting event security experts to exchange best practices

11 September 2014

Terrorist suspect wanted by Algeria found in Malian jail following checks via INTERPOL

25 July 2014

INTERPOL response team being deployed following Air Algerie crash in Mali

23 July 2014

INTERPOL protocols to identify flight MH 17 victims continue in Netherlands

22 July 2014

INTERPOL response team in Ukraine starts identification process of flight MH 17 victims

18 July 2014

INTERPOL team to help identify victims of Malaysia Airlines crash

17 July 2014

INTERPOL offers full assistance following Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine

21 May 2014

‘Wave of violence’ in Nigeria condemned by INTERPOL Chief

16 April 2014

INTERPOL offers assistance following South Korean ferry disaster

14 April 2014

INTERPOL condemns Abuja terror ‘slaughter’

17 February 2014

Qatar delegation meets with senior INTERPOL officials to identify areas for enhanced cooperation

23 December 2013

INTERPOL Red Notice subject arrested in security operation during Southeast Asia Games

19 November 2013

INTERPOL deploys team to Philippines to assess disaster victim identification needs after Typhoon Haiyan

30 October 2013

Global disaster victim identification efforts need permanent structure says INTERPOL Chief

23 October 2013

INTERPOL to help Belarus safeguard 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship

22 October 2013

Strengthening security at Rio 2016 Olympic Games focus of agreement with INTERPOL

26 September 2013

INTERPOL team deployed to assist Kenyan investigation into Westgate shopping centre terror attack

22 September 2013

INTERPOL condemns Nairobi terror ‘bloodbath’

19 July 2012

INTERPOL deploying team to assist Bulgarian investigation into suicide terrorist bomb attack on Israeli tour bus

09 June 2012

UEFA European Football Championship safety an INTERPOL priority

11 January 2012

UEFA and INTERPOL to join forces in tackling football-related crime ahead of EURO 2012

25 November 2011

Rio 2016 security chief updated on law enforcement initiatives during INTERPOL visit

05 April 2011

Cricket World Cup host countries ensured security with millions of checks against INTERPOL's global databases

10 March 2011

Terror suspect arrested in Maldives after passport check triggers INTERPOL alarm

INTERPOL team deployed for FIFA World Cup in South Africa