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Law enforcement services in Norway are provided by the country’s single national police force called “Politi”.  With a strength of more than 11,000 men and women for a population of less than 5 million, the force excercises its activities in its 27 ‘police districts’.

Part of the Ministry of Justice and Police, the force is subordinate to the National Police Directorate, which manages, supervises and develops the Force, its regional police districts and the special police units.

Ministry structure:

  • Department of Migration;
  • Correctional Services;
  • Legislation;
  • Polar Affairs;
  • Planning and Administration;
  • Police;
  • Rescue and Emergency;
  • Civil Affairs;
  • Press and Information.

National Criminal Investigation Service Norway

Core activities

  • Criminal investigation;
  • Forensic services;
  • Criminal intelligence;
  • International police cooperation.

The National Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) – called ‘KRIPOS” in Norwegian – is the national centre specialized in fighting organized and serious crime. Its main mission is to support local police districts and to serve as the national platform for contact with police authorities around the world.  

NCIS provides criminal investigation and forensic services, and acts as a national advisory body to all Norwegian law enforcement bodies. Apart from its role as a support agency, NCIS is also tasked with investigating and prosecuting complex and serious organized crime cases.   In such cases, it reports to the National Authority for Prosecution of Organized and Other Serious Crime.

NCIS develops new policing techniques and is very active in sharing knowledge with local police districts through courses, lectures, partner agency visiting schemes and the electronic knowledge sharing platform called “KO:DE”. NCIS also heads the national Identification Commission which is called upon to deal with accidents and disasters.

About 50% of NCIS staff are trained law enforcement officials.  The remaining 50% have non-police positions such as caseworkers and forensic, administrative and support staff.


The INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for Norway is part of NCIS, and serves as the main platform for Norwegian and international investigations relating to Norwegian nationals, or crimes committed by non-Norwegian nationals in Norway.

INTERPOL Oslo in action
12 May 2017

Strengthening Nordic law enforcement capacity to combat criminal use of the Darknet

OSLO, Norway – A private Darknet network and simulated marketplace replicating the virtual criminal underground environment is being used by Nordic law enforcement officers to assist their investigations.Some 20 participants from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are taking part in the five-day (8 – 12 May) training organized by INTERPOL in coo...
21 March 2017

International Day of Forests: INTERPOL's global role in environmental security

LYON, France - The International Day of Forests every 21 March is a reminder of the role of law enforcement worldwide in tackling forestry crimes which include corruption, money laundering, illegal logging and timber trafficking.Through its Project Leaf, INTERPOL's Environmental Security programme mobilizes decision makers, stakeholders and governments to...
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...
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...
20 June 2015

Effective response to global security challenges focus of Norway visit by INTERPOL Chief

OSLO, Norway – Underlining the need for a more effective and coherent approach against security threats in a more unpredictable world, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock joined the launch by Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs of a White Paper on global security challenges.   With  fundamental changes shaping the global security landscape...
21 March 2014

INTERPOL anti-piracy meeting reviews key evidence against network leaders

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius – Reviewing key evidence and information sharing was the focus of a two-day (20 and 21 March) meeting under the umbrella of INTERPOL’s Maritime Security unit as part of it Evidence Exploitation Initiative (EVEXI) project targeting maritime piracy in East Africa.Investigators from all five EVEXI II countries and representatives from t...
05 December 2013

Countries unite to identify illegal fishing vessel via INTERPOL

LYON, France – A joint effort by New Zealand, Australia and Norway to find a vessel suspected of illegal fishing has led to the publication of an INTERPOL Purple Notice to assist in identifying its location.Circulated to all 190 INTERPOL member countries the Notice, requested by New Zealand supported by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA)...
06 September 2013

Norway requests first INTERPOL notice for illegal fishing

LYON, France – Close cooperation between INTERPOL and Norway has led to the publication of the first Purple Notice for a vessel believed to be engaged in illegal fishing activities.Issued to law enforcement in all 190 INTERPOL member countries, the Purple Notice seeks information on the fishing vessel “Snake”, which has changed its name and registration m...
23 July 2011

INTERPOL condemns deadly Norway attacks and impersonation of Police official in island shooting

LYON, France – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has condemned the two terror attacks in Norway, and described the suspect’s wearing of a police uniform in the shooting at the youth camp as ‘particularly appalling’.Secretary General Noble said that INTERPOL’s full resources were at the disposal of the Norwegian authorities investigating the bomb...
07 April 2011

International law enforcement collaboration focus of visit by Norway's crime investigation chief to INTERPOL

LYON, France - A visit to INTERPOL's General Secretariat headquarters today by Norway's Director of National Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS), Odd Reidar Humlegaard, provided an opportunity in meetings with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and senior INTERPOL officials to review on-going law enforcement collaborative efforts and areas for...
07 April 2011

Europol joins the Virtual Global Taskforce

One of the largest online child protection taskforces has welcomed another new member. Chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), Australian Federal Police (AFP) Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan, officially welcomed Europol to the VGT during VGT meetings held in Abu Dhabi.The VGT now consists of nine international law enforcement agencies providing a...
05 March 2010

INTERPOL co-ordinated operation targets illegal trade in wildlife medical products

LYON, France - An international operation co-ordinated by INTERPOL targeting the illegal trade in traditional medicines containing protected wildlife products has resulted in a series of arrests worldwide and the seizure of thousands of illegal medicines worth more than EUR 10 million.National wildlife enforcement authorities, police, customs and speciali...
19 November 2009

International operation combats online supply of counterfeit and illegal medicines

An international week of action targeting the online sale of counterfeit and illicit medicines has resulted in a series of arrests and the seizure of thousands of potentially harmful medical products.In response to an ever-increasing number of websites supplying dangerous and illegal medicines, Operation Pangea II involving 24 countries was co-ordinated b...

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  • 22nd INTERPOL General Assembly - 24-29 June 1953 - Oslo