December 5, 2011
Created in 1923, INTERPOL is the world's largest international police organization, representing 190 member countries. Its goal is to facilitate cross-border police co-operation and to assist with preventing and combating international crime.
INTERPOL is the first point of contact for many countries pursuing an international investigation. It does not actively investigate crimes, but acts as a conduit for member countries to share information and seek assistance in criminal investigations in their respective jurisdictions.
In each of the member countries, INTERPOL is represented by a National Central Bureau (NCB), which is usually located in the capital city of the country. INTERPOL Ottawa, which is the Canadian NCB, serves as the primary link between law enforcement agencies in Canada and around the world. It also coordinates all international requests for assistance with the appropriate Canadian law enforcement agencies.
INTERPOL Ottawa is managed by the RCMP and is comprised of RCMP regular and civilian members, public service employees and seconded police officers from other Canadian police agencies. Current Canadian police partners include Sûreté du Québec, Ontario Provincial Police and the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal. Canadian law enforcement agencies interested in a secondment with INTERPOL Ottawa, should contact the organization directly.
The Operations Center acts as Canada's front-line responder for Canadian police investigators and government departments requiring international assistance in criminal matters. The Center is responsible for receiving, evaluating and efficiently processing all requests for assistance from INTERPOL member countries.
The INTERPOL Crime Unit coordinates and provides assistance in pursuing major international criminal investigations. The Unit offers timely information to police investigators on legislation surrounding criminal investigations and on country requirements for pre-extradition requests. The Unit can also coordinate and provide assistance in locating, deporting and extraditing foreign fugitives in Canada and Canadian fugitives abroad.
The Notices and National Criminal Registry Unit is responsible for entering all internationally wanted and missing persons on CPIC. The Unit also performs quality review of this pertinent information.
Liaison Services identifies and coordinates the participation of Canadians to INTERPOL conferences, symposia and meetings. It circulates publications, international crime statistics and analytical studies on criminal activity to the Canadian law enforcement community. In addition, it manages and authorizes access to the INTERPOL Secure Communication Network.