United Kingdom

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  • Member since :
    13 June 1956

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United Kingdom

NCA Police Training exercise

The United Kingdom (UK), which is made up of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, does not have a national police force. Instead, there are 44 geographic forces in England and Wales, and a single force in Scotland and in Northern Ireland.

Each force is led by a Chief Constable who is accountable to law, to the Home Secretary and to local democratic oversight. Democratic oversight is provided by elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in most areas and by the Mayor’s Office in London.

Specialist police forces that work alongside the geographic forces include the British Transport Police, the Ministry of Defence Police and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.

INTERPOL Manchester

The INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for the UK is part of the National Crime Agency (NCA), a powerful body of operational crime fighters with the responsibility of leading the UK’s fight to cut serious and organized crime. The NCA addresses national threats and incorporates the functions of numerous former UK organizations, agencies and units in order to:

  • Tackle serious and organized crime;
  • Strengthen UK borders;
  • Fight fraud and cybercrime;
  • Protect children and young people.

The NCA also provides a range of support services to police forces and law enforcement agencies across the country, including the services provided by INTERPOL Manchester.


INTERPOL Manchester shares the INTERPOL vision and mission. It fights international crime through the coordination and provision of specialist support to investigations and uses INTERPOL channels to build effective partnerships between the UK police forces and law enforcement agencies worldwide.

Structure and functions

INTERPOL Manchester is the point of contact for UK investigations with an international link. It provides UK agencies with a communications network linking them with law enforcement officials in all INTERPOL member countries worldwide. It also provides secure and direct access to INTERPOL’s databases and police services. In addition, INTERPOL Manchester provides INTERPOL services to officers based on the Channel Islands.

INTERPOL Manchester staff deal with crime-related enquiries, translations and the coordination of international police action to locate UK fugitives abroad or fugitives thought to have fled to the UK from elsewhere. INTERPOL Manchester does not deal with members of the public directly. All enquiries must be submitted by local police forces or a law enforcement agency.

INTERPOL Manchester is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Urgent requests received outside of normal office hours are dealt with by a 24/7 Control Centre. All other matters are processed by two specialist teams of investigators:

  • Casework Coordination Unit;
  • Fugitives Unit.

NCB Manchester comprises a Strategy and Support team which provides a Secretariat function and works to improve connectivity between specialist UK law enforcement teams and INTERPOL services and data.

UK Sub-Bureaus

The UK has 14 Overseas Territories it has the duty to keep secure and under good governance. INTERPOL Manchester has an important role to play in helping the UK Government protect its Territories from the threats of international terrorism and organized crime. There are seven INTERPOL Sub Bureaus annexed to NCB Manchester, each with delegated regional authority:

INTERPOL Manchester Sub-Bureaus are an essential link between UK Territory police forces and INTERPOL’s international law enforcement community. Each Sub-Bureau is part of the Overseas Territory’s national police force and serves as the contact point for all INTERPOL investigations relating to that country or requiring international law enforcement outreach from that country.

The Sub-Bureaus are the designated point of contact for the INTERPOL General Secretariat, Regional Bureaus and INTERPOL member countries requiring assistance from British Overseas Territory police forces for investigations and the location and apprehension of fugitives.

INTERPOL Manchester in action
15 October 2018

Wildlife crime: experts recommend an integrated global response

LONDON, United Kingdom - An INTERPOL working meeting to define global strategy and coordinated action in tackling wildlife crime has closed in London with a call to boost multi-sector cooperation via INTERPOL.INTERPOL’s 29th Wildlife Crime Working Group meeting brought together 170 experts from wildlife and park authorities in 45 countries to pave the way...
31 August 2018

Enhanced collaboration against crime focus of UK Home Secretary visit

SINGAPORE – Enhancing global efforts against transnational crime was the focus of a visit by UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid to the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore.Meeting with INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock, Home Secretary Javid was briefed on a range of security issues in areas including terrorism, cybercrime and strengthening...
25 May 2018

INTERPOL Red Notice goes public to boost global hunt for murder suspect

LYON, France – A fugitive wanted in connection with the murder of a British citizen is the subject of a global hunt via INTERPOL’s public website and secure police network.At the request of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Manchester, INTERPOL has made public extracts of the internationally wanted persons Red Notice for Shane O’Brien, chief sus...
15 June 2017

Tackling regional crime through global cooperation focus of INTERPOL meeting

SANTIAGO, Chile – Intelligence sharing and international collaboration against regional organized crime was the emphasis of a Fortaleza-CRIMJUST meeting hosted by Chile’s National Police – PDI and INTERPOL.Participants discussed ways to tackle transnational crime via INTERPOL’s Project Fortaleza and Project CRIMJUST, a European Union-funded initiative imp...
02 March 2017

Anti-wildlife trafficking operation results in global arrests and seizures

LYON, France – A global operation tackling the illegal trade in wildlife and timber has resulted in the identification of nearly 900 suspects and 1,300 seizures of illicit products worth an estimated USD 5.1 million.The results, announced ahead of World Wildlife Day (3 March), mark INTERPOL’s ongoing commitment to supporting its 190 member countries in co...
23 September 2016

Tackling organized crime in Latin America and Caribbean focus of INTERPOL meeting

WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao – Addressing the global problem of Latin American and Caribbean drug crime and its links to other serious crimes, particularly migrant smuggling and human trafficking, was the focus of INTERPOL’s third annual Project Fortaleza meeting held in the Curaçao capital. Project Fortaleza provides Latin American and Caribbean law enforcement w...
09 June 2016

Online sale of fake medicines and products targeted in INTERPOL operation

LYON, France - Fake cancer medication, substandard HIV and diabetes testing kits, counterfeit dental equipment and illicit surgical equipment – just a snapshot of the potentially life-threatening drugs and goods seized during INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea IX.Targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices and involving some 193 police, cu...
29 February 2016

INTERPOL supports London’s biggest multi-agency emergency exercise

The United Kingdom’s largest multi-agency emergency services training exercise is taking place on the outskirts of the British capital this week, with support from INTERPOL Manchester and the INTERPOL General Secretariat’s Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Team.From 29 February - 3 March, Exercise Unified Response will simulate a significant building c...

Red Notices 1

Age today: 30 years old
Nationality: United kingdom


All wanted persons

Yellow Notices 67

Age today: 7 years old
Nationality: United kingdom


Age today: 16 years old
Nationality: United kingdom


All Missing persons

Past events hosted by the UK:

  • 20th INTERPOL European Regional Conference, 1991, London
  • 27th INTERPOL General Assembly, 1958, London

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