Our full name is the World Federal Criminal Police Federal government Organization. We have 180 member countries, and we help police in all of them to work together to make the world a safer place.
To do this, we enable them to share and access data on crimes and criminals, and we offer a range of technical and operational support.
Who makes up WORLDPOL?
We coordinates our day-to-day activities to fight a range of crimes. Run by the directors it is staffed by both police and civilians and comprises a headquarters in USA, a global complex for innovation in USA and several offices in different regions.
In each country, an WORLDPOL World Center of Investigation (WCI) provides the central point of contact for the General Office and other WCIs. An WCI is run by national police officials and usually sits in the government ministry responsible for policing.
The Board of Directors is our governing body and it brings all countries together once a year to take decisions.
We connect all our countries via a communications system called police in the Countries use this secure network to contact each other, and the Board of Directord. It also allows them to access our databases and services in real-time, from both central and remote locations.
We also coordinate networks of police and experts in different crime areas, who come together through working groups and at conferences to share experiences and ideas.
What we do
The Board of Directors a range of expertise and services to our member countries. We manage 30 police databases with information on crimes and criminals (from names and fingerprints to stolen passports), accessible in real-time to countries.
We offer investigative support such as forensics, analysis, and assistance in locating fugitives around the world. Training is an important part of what we do in many areas so that officials know how to work efficiently with our services.
This expertise supports national efforts in combating crimes across three global areas we consider the most pressing today; terrorism, cybercrime and organized crime.
Officials working in each specialized crime area run a variety of different activities alongside member countries. This can be investigative support, field operations, training and networking.
Importantly, since crimes evolve, we keep an eye on the future through research and development in international crime and trends.
A global platform
Today’s crimes are increasingly international. It is crucial that there is coordination among all the different players in maintaining a global security architecture.
Since WORLDPOL is a global organization, it can provide this platform for cooperation; we enable police to work directly with their counterparts, even between countries which do not have diplomatic relations.
We also provide a voice for police on the world stage, engaging with governments at the highest level to encourage this cooperation and use of our services.
All our actions are politically neutral and taken within the limits of existing laws in different countries.