Response teams

At the request of member countries, we can provide specialized teams to assist national police. There are two types of team, each made up of experts in the relevant fields.

Incident Response Teams


An INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT) is deployed at the request of a member country during a crisis situation.

The teams promote cooperation among countries and facilitate access to INTERPOL’s tools and services.
There are two types of IRT:

  • Disaster – an emergency response to unforeseen catastrophic events, such as large-scale accidents or natural disasters;
  • Crime – the deployment of specialized personnel to assist and support a member country faced with a major or serious police issue. Crime IRTs provide specific expertise and investigative support to police.

An IRT can be briefed, equipped and deployed anywhere in the world within 12 to 24 hours of an incident.

Expert assistance

An IRT is typically composed of expert police and support staff from INTERPOL, its member countries or external partners, who provide investigative and analytical support at the site of the incident.

The composition of the team is tailored according to the specific nature of the disaster or crime and the requirements of the requesting country.

Team members are highly specialized and trained personnel, able to work with the requesting member country to meet its specific needs.

IRTs can provide a range of investigative and analytical support at the incident site in coordination with the INTERPOL General Secretariat, such as:

  • Issuing international notices for fugitive terrorists whose arrests are sought by member countries;
  • Database queries of fingerprints to quickly identify suspects;
  • Access to the database of lost or stolen travel documents;
  • Money laundering expertise;
  • Coordination of response to disaster victim identification through a wide network of international experts and laboratories.

The first IRT was deployed in October 2002 to Indonesia following a terrorist bombing in Bali. As of April 2016, a total of 109 teams have been deployed to countries across the world.

17 January 2017

INTERPOL and Qatar enhance collaboration on disaster victim identification

09 November 2016

Biometric data on terrorists needed to activate global tripwire says INTERPOL

14 September 2016

INTERPOL team helps safeguard ASEAN summit under EU-ASEAN programme

03 August 2016

INTERPOL team in Brazil to support security measures during Rio Olympics

08 June 2016

INTERPOL’s global network supporting Euro 2016 security

25 March 2016

INTERPOL global resources supporting Brussels terror probe

18 March 2016

Spanish operation nets suspects behind illegal fishing

08 January 2016

French Secretary of State updated on INTERPOL initiatives to protect sports

10 December 2015

INTERPOL team assists Philippines in securing APEC summit under EU-ASEAN programme

19 November 2015

Major sports events security focus of INTERPOL meeting with NCS4

26 June 2015

Police cooperation focus of visit by Gabon Minister of Interior to INTERPOL

25 March 2015

INTERPOL deploys team to support investigation into Germanwings plane crash

24 November 2014

INTERPOL brings together sporting event security experts to exchange best practices

11 September 2014

Terrorist suspect wanted by Algeria found in Malian jail following checks via INTERPOL

25 July 2014

INTERPOL response team being deployed following Air Algerie crash in Mali

23 July 2014

INTERPOL protocols to identify flight MH 17 victims continue in Netherlands

22 July 2014

INTERPOL response team in Ukraine starts identification process of flight MH 17 victims