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.

Major Event Support Teams



An INTERPOL Major Event Support Team (IMEST) is deployed to assist member countries in the preparation, coordination and implementation of security arrangements for major events. 

Major events are high profile conferences or sporting events which attract large crowds or intense media coverage. As such, they also attract individuals or groups intent on disruption to gain attention for their cause or for criminal gain. 

Instant and direct access to data services

IMEST team members assist the national and foreign liaison officers of participating countries in making the most efficient use of INTERPOL’s full array of databases. They facilitate real-time exchange of messages and vital police data among all member countries. This data includes fingerprints, photos, wanted person notices, and data relating to stolen and lost travel documents and stolen motor vehicles.

An IMEST can be tailored to a member country’s needs prior to and during an event and brings all of INTERPOL services to focus on the upcoming event. The global police communications network, known as I-24/7, can be enhanced and used for immediate outreach to the worldwide law enforcement community, should the need arise.

Ensuring public safety

An IMEST also has the capacity and resources to become an immediate INTERPOL Response Team if a crisis situation should happen at a major event.

The field of major event planning, preparation and support has increased significantly in recent years. The threat of terrorism and event disruption has forced host countries to dedicate more time and resources to these events. Increasingly, member countries are requesting support from INTERPOL, not only in the lead up to an event but for its duration. 

The first IMEST was deployed in 2002 to the USA for the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. To date, more than 90 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