Databases

Police need up-to-date global data on criminals in order to carry out successful international investigations.

Criminal databases

We manage a range of databases containing information related to criminals and crimes.

The databases contain millions of records with information on individuals such as names and fingerprints; stolen property such as passports and vehicles; and weapons and threats such as firearms.

INTERPOL databases

Secure police communications

National police can search our databases in real time as part of their investigations. This can be done via their INTERPOL National Central Bureau, or directly at the frontline, for instance by specialized crime units and border officials.

Databases are accessed via I-24/7, our secure global police communications system. This is the technical network that links law enforcement in all member countries and enables authorized users to share sensitive and urgent police information with their counterparts around the globe.

Legal framework

Our member countries contribute data on a voluntary basis. This is subject to a strict legal framework and data protection rules in order to foster trust and ensure the quality of the information.

Activities