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The United Kingdom (UK), which is made up of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, does not have a national police force. Instead, there are 44 geographic forces in England and Wales, and a single force in Scotland and in Northern Ireland.

Each force is led by a Chief Constable who is accountable to law, to the Home Secretary and to local democratic oversight. Democratic oversight is provided by elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in most areas and by the Mayor’s Office in London.

Specialist police forces that work alongside the geographic forces include the British Transport Police, the Ministry of Defence Police and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.

INTERPOL Manchester

The INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for the UK is part of the National Crime Agency (NCA), a powerful body of operational crime fighters with the responsibility of leading the UK’s fight to cut serious and organized crime. The NCA addresses national threats and incorporates the functions of numerous former UK organizations, agencies and units in order to:

  • Tackle serious and organized crime;
  • Strengthen UK borders;
  • Fight fraud and cybercrime;
  • Protect children and young people.

The NCA also provides a range of support services to police forces and law enforcement agencies across the country, including the services provided by INTERPOL Manchester.


INTERPOL Manchester shares the INTERPOL vision and mission. It fights international crime through the coordination and provision of specialist support to investigations and uses INTERPOL channels to build effective partnerships between the UK police forces and law enforcement agencies worldwide.

Structure and functions

INTERPOL Manchester is the point of contact for UK investigations with an international link. It provides UK agencies with a communications network linking them with law enforcement officials in all INTERPOL member countries worldwide. It also provides secure and direct access to INTERPOL’s databases and police services. In addition, INTERPOL Manchester provides INTERPOL services to officers based on the Channel Islands.

INTERPOL Manchester staff deal with crime-related enquiries, translations and the coordination of international police action to locate UK fugitives abroad or fugitives thought to have fled to the UK from elsewhere. INTERPOL Manchester does not deal with members of the public directly. All enquiries must be submitted by local police forces or a law enforcement agency.

INTERPOL Manchester is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Urgent requests received outside of normal office hours are dealt with by a 24/7 Control Centre. All other matters are processed by two specialist teams of investigators:

  • Casework Coordination Unit;
  • Fugitives Unit.

NCB Manchester comprises a Strategy and Support team which provides a Secretariat function and works to improve connectivity between specialist UK law enforcement teams and INTERPOL services and data.

UK Sub-Bureaus

The UK has 14 Overseas Territories it has the duty to keep secure and under good governance. INTERPOL Manchester has an important role to play in helping the UK Government protect its Territories from the threats of international terrorism and organized crime. There are seven INTERPOL Sub Bureaus annexed to NCB Manchester, each with delegated regional authority:

INTERPOL Manchester Sub-Bureaus are an essential link between UK Territory police forces and INTERPOL’s international law enforcement community. Each Sub-Bureau is part of the Overseas Territory’s national police force and serves as the contact point for all INTERPOL investigations relating to that country or requiring international law enforcement outreach from that country.

The Sub-Bureaus are the designated point of contact for the INTERPOL General Secretariat, Regional Bureaus and INTERPOL member countries requiring assistance from British Overseas Territory police forces for investigations and the location and apprehension of fugitives.

INTERPOL Manchester in action
15 June 2017

Tackling regional crime through global cooperation focus of INTERPOL meeting

SANTIAGO, Chile – Intelligence sharing and international collaboration against regional organized crime was the emphasis of a Fortaleza-CRIMJUST meeting hosted by Chile’s National Police – PDI and INTERPOL.Participants discussed ways to tackle transnational crime via INTERPOL’s Project Fortaleza and Project CRIMJUST, a European Union-funded initiative imp...
23 May 2017

INTERPOL assisting UK coordinate international response after Manchester terrorist attack

LYON, France – INTERPOL is assisting UK authorities coordinate their international response following the terrorist attack in Manchester in which at least 22 people lost their lives.The world police body is in close liaison with its National Central Bureau (NCB) in Manchester and has contacted the NCBs in all of its 190 member countries to advise them tha...
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...
23 September 2016

Tackling organized crime in Latin America and Caribbean focus of INTERPOL meeting

WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao – Addressing the global problem of Latin American and Caribbean drug crime and its links to other serious crimes, particularly migrant smuggling and human trafficking, was the focus of INTERPOL’s third annual Project Fortaleza meeting held in the Curaçao capital. Project Fortaleza provides Latin American and Caribbean law enforcement w...
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...
29 February 2016

INTERPOL supports London’s biggest multi-agency emergency exercise

The United Kingdom’s largest multi-agency emergency services training exercise is taking place on the outskirts of the British capital this week, with support from INTERPOL Manchester and the INTERPOL General Secretariat’s Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Team.From 29 February - 3 March, Exercise Unified Response will simulate a significant building c...
05 May 2015

INTERPOL supports UK operation targeting criminal networks behind vehicle crime

UNITED KINGDOM – An INTERPOL-supported operation in the UK targeting vehicle crime has highlighted the issue of transnational criminal networks trafficking stolen vehicles out of the country.The two-day (28 and 29 April) Operation Britcar was led by the UK National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS) and supported by the INTERPOL Stolen Motor Vehi...
10 December 2014

Stronger cooperation key to success in online child abuse investigations, says INTERPOL Chief

LONDON, UK – INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock has told the #WeProtect Global Summit on Child Sexual Exploitation that for international efforts to combat online child abuse to remain successful, greater information sharing is essential.In his keynote address at the meeting in London attended by representatives from more than 50 countries, 23 leadin...
29 August 2014

INTERPOL issues global alert for missing British boy

LYON, France – At the request of UK authorities INTERPOL has issued a Yellow Notice, or missing persons alert, for a five-year-old British boy removed from a hospital by his parents.Ashya King who has a brain tumour, was taken from Southampton General Hospital at around 2pm on Thursday 28 August by his parents, 51-year-old Brett King and 45-year-old Naghe...
02 May 2014

INTERPOL-coordinated operation strikes back at ‘sextortion’ networks

MANILA, Philippines - An INTERPOL-coordinated operation targeting organized crime networks behind ‘sextortion’ cases around the world has resulted in the arrest of 58 individuals, including three men linked to the group which harassed Scottish teenager Daniel Perry.   Perry, a 17-year-old victim of an online blackmail attempt, died after jumping off...
30 August 2013

INTERPOL hosts delegation from United Kingdom environmental agencies

LYON, France – INTERPOL has hosted officials from UK environmental agencies to promote further collaboration with the world police body and to review the global tools and services INTERPOL provides to its 190 member countries.Representing the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Border Policing Command, National Wildli...
16 August 2012

INTERPOL Red Notice for Julian Assange remains in force

LYON, France – INTERPOL confirms that its Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, issued for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at Sweden’s request in November 2010 remains valid.Confirmation that Mr Assange’s Red Notice status remains in force follows Thursday’s decision by authorities in Ecuador to grant asylum to Mr Assange, two months after h...
22 June 2010

UK murder suspect arrested in Spain with INTERPOL support

LYON, France – A man wanted in connection with the murder of a British woman in May 2010 has been arrested in Spain following an international investigation involving Spanish, UK and French police and INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon.David Baxendale was taken into custody in Fuengirola on the C...
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...
13 November 2008

Illegal online medicine suppliers targeted in first international Internet day of action

The first international Internet day of action co-ordinated by the Permanent Forum on International Pharmaceutical Crime, INTERPOL and the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT), targeting the illegal online sale of medicines to the public has resulted in a series of arrests and the seizure...
04 November 2008

Arrest and extradition of Tunisian terror suspects from UK underlines need for combined regional and international policing efforts

LYON, France - The successful extradition to Italy from Britain of three Tunisian terror suspects who were the subject of European Arrest Warrants and INTERPOL global alerts has highlighted the need for countries to use regional and international policing tools to prevent wanted fugitives from evading arrest.Habib Ignaoua, Mohamed Khemiri and Ali Chehidi,...
11 October 2007

Master painting by Leonardo da Vinci recovered in Glasgow

In a joint operation involving various agencies, British police arrested four men and recovered the Leonardo da Vinci painting entitled 'Madonna and the Yarnwinder' following a raid in Glasgow on 4 October. The painting had been stolen from Drumlanrig Castle, near Thornhill, in Scotland on 27 August 2003. The theft of the masterpiece generated a worldwid...

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Past events hosted by the UK:

  • 20th INTERPOL European Regional Conference, 1991, London
  • 27th INTERPOL General Assembly, 1958, London