Role of the Secretary General
The Secretary General is responsible for the General Secretariat, overseeing its day-to-day activities and ensuring that it implements the decisions of the General Assembly and Executive Committee.
The Secretary General is proposed by the Executive Committee and appointed by the General Assembly for a period of five years and may be re-appointed once. The role is defined in the Constitution, notably Articles 28-30.
Current Secretary General - Jürgen Stock
The current Secretary General is Jürgen Stock of Germany, appointed by the 83rd General Assembly session in Monaco, November 2014, and reappointed in 2019 to serve a second five-year term by the 88th General Assembly in Chile.
Representing INTERPOL on the global stage
The Secretary General engages with leaders at both policing and political levels to increase support for the Organization, advocating for our role within today’s global security architecture, and being a voice for policing matters on the world stage.
This involves meeting ministers, chiefs of police and representatives of international organizations. He welcomes high-level visitors to the General Secretariat to learn more about our activities.
In November 2016, Mr Stock was the first INTERPOL Secretary General to address the United Nations General Assembly, which approved a resolution to further enhance collaboration between the UN and INTERPOL against transnational crime and terrorism.
Secretary General Stock has also overseen increased coopertion between INTERPOL and other international and regional bodies such as the African Union, the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf.
Overseeing General Secretariat activities
The Secretary General coordinates the day-to-day running of the activities of the General Secretariat. This includes all the policing activities, expertise, databases and services that we provide our membership to support them in the fight against international crime, and also the ‘corporate’ functions that support this work.