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INTERPOL Washington Operations and Command Center

Based on principles embodied in its Constitution, there is no single, national police agency in the United States of America. Instead, a decentralized network of nearly 18,000 different agencies enforces criminal laws according to their respective jurisdiction and mission, which may be local, state, federal or tribal.

Local police and sheriff departments, which make up the majority of national law enforcement agencies, perform traditional functions, including:

  • Crime prevention, detection and investigation;
  • Criminal incident response;
  • Responding to calls for assistance;
  • Patrol;
  • Arrest of criminal suspects;
  • Execution of warrants;
  • Traffic control;
  • Accident investigation;
  • Drug enforcement;
  • Crime prevention education.

At federal level, more than 65 separate agencies enforce Congress laws with a view to:

  • Fighting organized crime and terrorist networks;
  • Conducting foreign intelligence operations;
  • Investigating financial and cyber offences;
  • Tackling child exploitation and trafficking in human beings;
  • Tackling drug trafficking;
  • Preventing the smuggling of illicit goods;
  • Controlling borders and maintaining national security.

INTERPOL Washington

Domestic Focus…International Reach

The National Central Bureau (NCB) for the United States of America is the unique designated INTERPOL point of contact, acting on behalf of the Attorney General, the chief law enforcement officer of the United States.

INTERPOL Washington supports US law enforcement agencies and other INTERPOL member countries who seek assistance in criminal investigations which go beyond national borders. INTERPOL Washington coordinates national law enforcement action and response, ensuring that it is consistent with national interests and law, as well as with INTERPOL policies, procedures, and regulations.

INTERPOL Washington is composed of a multi-sector workforce which includes full-time employees, contractors, and personnel seconded from more than 20 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The staff includes senior criminal investigators, analysts, attorneys, information technology specialists and administrative support personnel.


At the core of INTERPOL Washington’s criminal investigative support activities is the Operations and Command Center (IOCC). It provides a permanent communications interface between domestic and international law enforcement partners, as well as support to its operational divisions, namely:

  • Alien / Fugitive Division;
  • Counterterrorism Division;
  • Drugs Division;
  • Economic Crimes Division;
  • Human Trafficking and Child Protection Division;
  • State and Local Liaison Division;
  • Violent Crimes Division.

Strategic Goals

INTERPOL Washington has developed four strategic goals to promote cooperation and support to its national law enforcement community and foreign counterparts:

  • Combat transnational crime and terrorism;
  • Strengthen the security of America’s borders;
  • Facilitate international law enforcement cooperation and partnerships;
  • Cultivate and develop America’s workforce, management, and operations.

These goals are in keeping with the strategic priorities of Americas Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and INTERPOL.  They reflect the investigative interests of partner law enforcement agencies, and provide the framework for international investigative assistance that is critical to preventing and solving transnational crime.

Agencies represented at INTERPOL Washington

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives;
  • Capitol Police;
  • Citizenship and Immigration Service;
  • Coast Guard;
  • Customs and Border Protection;
  • Department of Defense, U.S. Marine Corps;
  • Department of Homeland Security;
  • Department of Justice, Office of Enforcement Operations;
  • Department of State;
  • Drug Enforcement Administration;
  • Environmental Protection Agency;
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation;
  • Fish and Wildlife Service;
  • Food and Drug Administration;
  • Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General;
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement;
  • Internal Revenue Service;
  • Marshals Service;
  • New York Police Department;
  • Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office;
  • Postal Inspection Service;
  • Secret Service.

“Tribal police are officers hired by native American tribes which have a constitutional government on Reservations.  They work closely with local, state, and federal police agencies”

INTERPOL Washington in action
13 March 2015

US Congressional visit to INTERPOL focuses on combating terrorism

LYON, France – International law enforcement cooperation against terrorism was the focus of a visit by high-ranking members of the US Congress to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters.Led by Hal Rogers, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, the US delegation met with INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock  and other senior INTERPOL officia...
23 December 2014

Identifying new law enforcement tools to enhance asset tracing and recovery focus of INTERPOL meeting

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Identifying new mechanisms to assist law enforcement efforts in identifying and seizing criminal assets was the focus of an INTERPOL meeting at the United Nations headquarters.During the three-day (17 – 19 December) working group meeting some 90 experts from 32 countries and six international organizations, including a number of...
25 November 2014

Heads of INTERPOL and United Nations meet on global security challenges

UNITED NATIONS, New York – A high-level meeting between INTERPOL President Mireille Ballestrazzi, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock and UN Chief Ban Ki-moon provided an opportunity for the two international organizations to advance their close cooperation against a backdrop of evolving international security challenges. With 2014 marking t...
08 July 2014

FBI-INTERPOL symposium to enhance global preparedness in securing critical infrastructure

MIAMI, USA – Increased integration between law enforcement and the public and private sectors to secure and protect critical infrastructure is the focus of a joint FBI and INTERPOL symposium.The four-day (7 – 10 July) International Law Enforcement Critical Infrastructure Symposium in Miami brings together some 350 senior government, law enforcement and in...
02 May 2014

INTERPOL-coordinated operation strikes back at ‘sextortion’ networks

MANILA, Philippines - An INTERPOL-coordinated operation targeting organized crime networks behind ‘sextortion’ cases around the world has resulted in the arrest of 58 individuals, including three men linked to the group which harassed Scottish teenager Daniel Perry.   Perry, a 17-year-old victim of an online blackmail attempt, died after jumping off...
04 September 2013

Collaboration within INTERPOL global network snares US school volunteer suspected of child abuse

LYON, France – Child sexual abuse material retrieved by police in Denmark and Australia and shared via INTERPOL’s victim identification specialists network has contributed to the arrest of a US school volunteer suspected of sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl.As part of efforts to identify an unknown victim, officers in Denmark shared a video with...
31 May 2013

US Ambassador Jenkins visit to INTERPOL focuses on cooperation in global threat reduction

LYON, France – Identifying areas for closer cooperation between the US and INTERPOL in combating the threat of weapons of mass destruction was the focus of a visit by Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters.Ambassador Jenkins, the US State Department Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs, met with INTERPOL...
20 April 2013

INTERPOL congratulates US law enforcement officers and public for close cooperation in swift resolution of Boston Marathon terrorist bomber investigation

LYON, France – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has commended the swift resolution of the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings as ‘a credit’ to the successful and effective investigative work involving the FBI, state and local US law enforcement authorities as well as exceptional cooperation from the public.The INTERPOL Chief said the...
19 April 2013

INTERPOL issues global security alert in connection with Boston marathon bombings at request of US law enforcement authorities

LYON, France – INTERPOL has issued an international security alert, or Orange Notice, detailing the features of the improvised explosive devices used in the Boston marathon bombings to assist law enforcement across its 190 member countries detect any similarly configured bombs.The INTERPOL Orange Notice, requested by the US authorities, contains photograp...
16 April 2013

Use of INTERPOL global tools results in arrest of child abusers and rescue of victim

LYON, France – Close collaboration between law enforcement in Georgia, Israel and INTERPOL’s Crimes Against Children unit has led to the removal from harm of an 11-year-old girl and the arrest of a man accused of sexually abusing her and sharing the sexual abuse images online. The girl’s mother was also arrested for allegedly participating in the producti...
25 January 2013

CONCACAF hosts INTERPOL-FIFA Integrity in Sport workshop

NEW YORK CITY, USA – More than 30 delegates from football, government and law enforcement in Canada and the United States attended the INTERPOL-FIFA Integrity in Sport workshop co-hosted by CONCACAF in New York City.The purpose of the two-day conference (24 and 25 January), entitled ‘Tackling Match-Fixing and Corruption in Soccer’, was to increase awarene...
14 January 2013

US Senators in landmark visit to INTERPOL Regional Bureau in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Four high-ranking US Senators have made a landmark visit to INTERPOL’s Regional Bureau in Buenos Aires to see first-hand the added value to national and regional law enforcement through international police cooperation.Senator Richard Shelby (R – Alabama), Senator Thad Cochran (R – Mississippi), Senator Susan Collins (R – Maine)...
12 January 2013

US fugitive and former Bout associate Chichakli arrest in Australia assisted by INTERPOL

LYON, France – Richard Ammar Chichakli, an alleged associate of arms dealer Viktor Bout and subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice issued at the request of US authorities for a range of offences including money laundering, fraud and conspiring to violate economic sanctions, has been arrested in Australia.Chichakli, a US – Syrian citizen, is alleged to have con...
08 October 2012

US Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano makes historic visit to INTERPOL

LYON, France – The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano made an historic visit to the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in order to enter into a series of agreements to enhance the global fight against human trafficking and other serious crime.The Department of Homeland Security launched its Blue Campaign as a first-...
26 April 2012

Fakes worth millions seized in INTERPOL-led operation across Americas

LYON, France – Fake goods including toys, computer software, clothing, beauty products, engine oil and cigarettes worth nearly 30 million US dollars have been seized in an INTERPOL-initiated and coordinated operation across 11 countries in the Americas.Codenamed Maya the two-week operation (1 – 15 March) saw more than 1,000 interventions by police, custom...
16 December 2011

US law enforcement uses INTERPOL global database to catch and convict California multiple rapist

LYON, France ‒ The conviction in the US of an Afghan national wanted internationally for a series of rapes after a DNA match made by INTERPOL led to the suspect’s arrest in Austria in 2010 has been hailed by INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble as an example of what can be achieved through international police cooperation.Ali Achekzai, aged 33, who...
23 June 2011

Arrest of FBI most wanted and INTERPOL target praised by world police body

LYON, France – The arrest of alleged mob boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, one of the FBI’s most wanted and a target of a global INTERPOL fugitive operation, has been welcomed by the world police body.The 81-year-old American, who is accused of the murder of 19 people in the 1970s and 1980s, and his 60-year-old girlfriend Catherine Greig, who was also the subje...
15 April 2011

INTERPOL hunt for international fugitives leads to numerous arrests across South America

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – An INTERPOL operation targeting 207 internationally-wanted fugitives wanted for serious crimes including murder, kidnapping, organized crime and child sexual abuse believed to be hiding in South America has led to arrests across the continent and new investigative leads established for almost a quarter.Investigative leads develop...
15 February 2011

South American officers participate in INTERPOL Mobile Police Training Programme

BOGOTA, Colombia - Police officers from Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela are taking part in the fourth Americas regional INTERPOL Mobile Police Training Programme, organized by the INTERPOL General Secretariat with support from INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Bogota.The three-week programme (7-25 February), supported b...
15 December 2010

INTERPOL and United States Federal Law Enforcement Training Center hold advanced police technology and research exercise

GLYNCO, Georgia, USA – INTERPOL and the United States Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) have co-hosted an advanced police training exercise focusing on technology and research to boost the operational capacity of law enforcement.The two-day INTERPOL-FLETC Technology and Research Exercise (14-15 December) involved more than 80 managers and ex...
13 October 2010

INTERPOL and United States Federal Law Enforcement Training Center to hold advanced police technology and research exercise

An advanced police training exercise organized in partnership by INTERPOL and the United States Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) focusing on technology and research will be held in Glynco, Georgia, USA on 14-15 December 2010. INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and FLETC Director Connie Patrick will open the event.The INTERPOL-FLETC...
26 August 2010

Polish police arrest US paedophile suspect targeted in INTERPOL operation Infra-Red

LYON, France – A suspected US paedophile wanted as part of an INTERPOL-led worldwide operation targeting fugitives convicted or accused of serious crimes has been arrested in Poland. John Hamilton, who is accused of sexually abusing five boys aged between 10 and 16 in the United States, was taken into custody by border guard officers in Gliwice in souther...
23 August 2010

Operation HAZ 2: North American operation against illicit transport of hazardous materials

The second operation of its kind against the illegal transportation of hazardous materials has seen Canadian and US authorities carry out inspections and enforcement actions.Targeting vehicles and vessels capable of transporting hazardous materials of all forms – including industrial chemical waste, the two-day operation (17-18 August) focused on major tr...
20 August 2010

US capture of fugitives subject of international alert praised by INTERPOL

LYON, France – The arrest by US law enforcement authorities of an escaped convict and of his alleged accomplice who were the subject of an INTERPOL Orange Notice international alert has been praised by the world police body. The fugitive couple, 45-year-old John McCluskey, and Casslyn Welch, aged 44, who have been captured in Arizona, were the subject of...
22 April 2010

Stolen Indian statue recovered through co-operation via INTERPOL

LYON, France – A stolen Indian statue included among INTERPOL’s most wanted works of art following its theft in September 2009 has been located in New York after it was featured in a magazine advertising its sale by an international auction house.At the request of the National Central Bureau (NCB) in New Delhi, the stone sculpture of two Asian deities was...
29 January 2010

INTERPOL DNA match leads to Austrian arrest of man suspected of rapes across US and Europe

LYON, France – A DNA match made by INTERPOL has led to the arrest of an Afghan national in Austria suspected of a series of rapes in the US and in Europe.In December 2009, US authorities sent a DNA profile linked to a number of violent sex attacks in California between 2002 and 2004 to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France. INTERPOL’...
19 November 2009

International operation combats online supply of counterfeit and illegal medicines

An international week of action targeting the online sale of counterfeit and illicit medicines has resulted in a series of arrests and the seizure of thousands of potentially harmful medical products.In response to an ever-increasing number of websites supplying dangerous and illegal medicines, Operation Pangea II involving 24 countries was co-ordinated b...
17 November 2009

U.S. child sex abuser focus of INTERPOL global appeal jailed for nearly 20 years

NEWARK, New Jersey - A U.S. citizen arrested following a global public appeal by INTERPOL to identify a suspected paedophile featured in a series of abusive images involving young boys has been jailed for nearly 20 years.Wayne Nelson Corliss, aged 60, was also sentenced to a lifetime supervised release following his prison term, in addition to being...
25 September 2009

INTERPOL co-ordinates landmark hazardous waste operation in North America

LYON, France – The first-ever international environmental initiative co-ordinated by INTERPOL against the illegal transportation of hazardous waste has seen Canadian and US authorities carry out an operation that saw hundreds of vehicles checked along their border.Targeting vehicles capable of transporting waste of all forms – including industrial chemica...
25 June 2009

Argentina arrest of fugitive wanted by US for drug trafficking and money laundering shows value of INTERPOL tools

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina  – A major investigation led by INTERPOL'S National Central Bureaus (NCBs) in Washington, Buenos Aires and Montevideo, by its Fugitive Investigative Support unit at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France, and by the US Marshals, led to the arrest on 23rd June of Bruce Vito Veniero, wanted for drug trafficking, mo...
19 June 2009

Romanian fugitive on INTERPOL wanted list arrested in America

The former Director General of the Romanian National Railway Company who was subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice, or international wanted persons notice, has been arrested in the United States.Mihai Necolaiciuc, who is accused of corruption and abuse of power causing losses of approximately EUR 50 million, was taken into custody by officers from the US Mars...
13 November 2008

Illegal online medicine suppliers targeted in first international Internet day of action

The first international Internet day of action co-ordinated by the Permanent Forum on International Pharmaceutical Crime, INTERPOL and the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT), targeting the illegal online sale of medicines to the public has resulted in a series of arrests and the seizure...
08 May 2008

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests suspected child abuser focus of INTERPOL global appeal

LYON, France – Within 48 hours of INTERPOL’s global appeal to the public, the prime suspect, Wayne Nelson Corliss, 58, from Union City, New Jersey, who was photographed sexually abusing young children in Southeast Asia in images distributed on the Internet was identified, located and arrested in Union City by Special Agents from U.S. Immigration...
07 March 2008

INTERPOL praises international co-operation behind arrest of suspected international arms dealer by Thai Police

HONG KONG, China - A man believed to be the world’s largest arms dealer, suspected of supplying weapons to Al Qaeda and the Taliban, has been arrested in Thailand following a multi-country operation with support from INTERPOL.Viktor Bout, who is accused by US authorities of conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terror...
13 September 2007

Security in United States to be enhanced by access to INTERPOL’s databases

Vital police information contained in INTERPOL’s databases from its 186 member countries is to be made directly available to law enforcement officials throughout the United States.The INTERPOL US National Central Bureau in Washington DC has now provided the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Law Enforcement Support Center (ICE LESC) with direct access...
23 June 2007

INTERPOL co-ordination on three continents leads to capture of Rwandan genocide fugitive

PARIS, France - A Rwandan man wanted for genocide and crimes against humanity has been arrested by French police at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris after intense international co-ordination between law enforcement officials from Rwanda, France, the U.S. and INTERPOL.Isaac Kamali had travelled from France to America in possession of a valid French passp...
26 February 2007

INTERPOL fingerprint match assists US law enforcement in arrest of suspected serial killer in Europe

A tip from a New York Police Department detective and an INTERPOL matching of fingerprints has led to the arrest of a man living in Montenegro in relation to the unsolved 1990 beating and dismemberment killing of a widow in Brooklyn, N.Y.The NYPD detective noted apparent similarities with several European cases while attending a training session at FBI he...
07 February 2007

No seat belt leads to apprehension of Red Notice suspect

A fugitive from Ecuador, a subject of a Red Notice requested by IP Quito and suspected in the death of a prominent politician and two other men, was arrested 3 February in the hamlet of Palenville in upstate New York. According to the Greene County Sheriff's Department, Christian Steven Ponce, 36, of Quito, Ecuador, was arrested following a routine traffi...

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Age today: 39 years old
Nationality: Mexico , El salvador


Age today: 36 years old
Nationality: Mexico


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