Tackling transnational crime in Azerbaijan
Landlocked between four other Eurasian countries, Azerbaijan sits strategically at the crossroads of Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. This geographic location is attractive to organized criminal groups wanting to carry out smuggling operations into or across those regions.
Azerbaijan’s crime areas of priority concern include trafficking in drugs, people and fake goods, with these crimes often leading to money laundering and violent crime.
The international characteristics of these crime areas and their links with crime networks around the world make the role of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Baku fundamental to maintaining national and regional security.
INTERPOL in Azerbaijan
NCB Baku is part of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and plays a central role in preventing the country and surrounding region from serving international organized crime.
By providing globally sourced intelligence about regional crime trends, the NCB helps police officers across the country detect and investigate the flow of illicit goods along trafficking routes in and around the country.
The NCB coordinates the operational side of Azerbaijan’s law enforcement action relating to fugitive investigations, extraditions, and investigations that are linked with lost or stolen Azerbaijan passports.
The NCB takes part regularly in global INTERPOL-led police operations which focus on regional organized crime.
National law enforcement
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan is the central executive agency responsible for public security and prevention of criminal offences.