Fighting organized crime in Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is a landlocked country located in Central Europe which shares borders with four other European Union countries. Its advanced high-income economy and strategic geographical location are attractive to regional organized crime groups wishing to carry out large-scale trafficking operations, particularly in relation to drugs and people smuggling.
Consequently, the Czech Republic’s priority crime areas include economic crime, illegal migration, cybercrime related offences, trafficking in drugs and intellectual property crime.
The international dimensions of these crime areas and their links with crime networks around the world make the role of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in the Czech Republic crucial in tackling international crime and contributing to national and regional security.
INTERPOL in Czech Republic
The NCB in Prague is part of the national police structure. It sits structurally in the Operational Co-operation Department of the International Police Co-operation Division, with a staff of more than 80 officers.
The NCB in Prague plays a central role in preventing the country and surrounding region from serving organized criminal enterprise. The NCB is an essential national platform linking the Czech police with international law enforcement for the exchange of criminal information and for carrying out international police investigations.
The NCB regularly takes part in INTERPOL-led police operations in the region. By providing globally sourced intelligence about regional organized crime, the NCB helps police officers across the Czech Republic to detect and investigate the flow of illicit goods along trafficking routes in and around the country.
Law enforcement in Czech Republic
Established in 1991, the Czech National Police is part of the Ministry of the Interior.
Headed by a Police President, the Czech police force is organized around the country's 14 regions and 76 districts.