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Korea (Rep. of)

“A reliable police force maintains a healthy society”


Headed by a Deputy Commissioner General, Korea’s National Police Agency (NPA) is made up of 28 divisions each with specific Force responsibilities.  The Ministry of Government and Home Affairs comprises a Police Committee which oversees the police administration as a whole, making sure it remains neutral and democratic at all times.

NPA mandate:

  • Guarantee a safe environment as it relates to crime and accidents;
  • Ensure social stability;
  • Guarantee respect of human rights in supporting people’s rights and interests;
  • Delivery of security services which meet the needs of the people;
  • Contribute towards a healthy and active Korean culture;
  • Build the capacity to respond to an ever-evolving security environment.

In addition to daily law enforcement services, the NPA is also responsible for:

  • The Korean National Police University;
  • Police Training Institute;
  • National Central Police Academy;
  • Police Investigations Training Centre;
  • National Police Hospital;
  • Driver’s License Agency;
  • Institute of Scientific Investigation (currently being transferred from the Ministry of Government).


Headed by a Superintendent General, the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for Korea is part of the NPA Headquarters Foreign Affairs Bureau.  Made up of 10 staff members (specialized police and technical staff), INTERPOL Seoul facilitates the exchange of confidential police data between domestic police and the INTERPOL community using INTERPOL’s secure global police communications network I-24/7.

Crime priorities

  • Fugitive investigations;
  • Financial and cybercrime;
  • Public safety and terrorism;
  • Drugs and organized crime.
INTERPOL Seoul in action
16 March 2017

INTERPOL and IOC meeting in Seoul promotes sports integrity

SEOUL, Korea – INTERPOL and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) held a partnership development meeting in South Korea to promote integrity in sport amongst national stakeholders.The 15 March meeting brought together key figures dealing with the national prevention of competition manipulation including representatives from law enforcement, the federa...
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...
16 April 2014

INTERPOL offers assistance following South Korean ferry disaster

LYON, France – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has offered condolences to the families of the dead and missing in today’s ferry disaster in South Korea, and pledged INTERPOL’s full support to victim identification efforts.Reports said the ferry, carrying 459 passengers and crew members, capsized while travelling to the resort island of Jeju. As...
23 September 2013

Korean arrest of INTERPOL Red Notice subject major blow to Chinese organized crime

SEOUL, Korea – One of China’s most wanted criminals and subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for attempted murder and organized crime membership has been arrested in Seoul following months of intelligence work and operational cooperation between the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) in Seoul and Beijing.Chinese national Chuanbo Lu is believed to be on...
27 March 2012

INTERPOL role in combating illicit nuclear material trafficking recognized by Nuclear Security Summit

SEOUL, Korea – World leaders at the Nuclear Security Summit have emphasized the need to prevent non-state actors, especially terrorists, from acquiring nuclear and radioactive material and pledged to strengthen cooperation and encourage greater information-sharing with INTERPOL to combat illicit trafficking in nuclear material.Attended by more than 53 hea...

  • 68th INTERPOL General Assembly - 8-12 November 1999 - Seoul