INTERPOL began in 1914 when legal professionals from 24 countries got together to discuss catching fugitives.
Our world isn't perfect and, as if dealing with the problem of crime weren't difficult enough, law enforcement agencies often find themselves dealing with jurisdictional issues and red tape when trying to investigate crimes and apprehend criminals. For more than 100 years, the international organization now known as INTERPOL has been helping local and national police agencies fight crime around the world.
INTERPOL was first conceptualized in 1914 when law enforcement and representatives of the justice systems from 24 countries met in Monaco at the first International Criminal Police Congress. Out of that Congress came 12 wishes for the future of law enforcement cooperation around the world.
INTERPOL is not an investigative body, but instead is a support organization with the goal of aiding in the investigation of crimes and arrests of criminals worldwide. The organization has established a secure communications system to expedite international cooperation and provide access to international criminal databases such as the United States' NCIC. The organization also employs forensic science experts, police training, and crime analysts to provide an international support system for crime fighters.?