Our History

A century of working to connect police for a safer world

INTERPOL was set up in 1923 by 19 countries who saw an urgent need to facilitate cooperation between police across borders.

Since then, the world has changed but the need for such cooperation remains as strong as ever. INTERPOL’s role remains unique as it is the only organization with the mandate and technical infrastructure to share police information globally.

Today, INTERPOL plays a central role in the global security architecture, representing stability, offering neutrality and inspiring trust in a fast-changing world.

We will continue to draw on our century of experience to empower our membership to meet new policing challenges into the next 100 years and beyond.

Activities