Interpol Montserrat

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Interpol (‘The International Criminal Police Organization) is the world’s largest international police organization, with one hundred and ninety (190) member countries.  Created in 1923, it facilitates cross-border police co-operation, and supports and assists all organizations, authorities and services whose mission is to prevent or combat international crime.

Interpol aims to facilitate international police co-operation even where diplomatic relations do not exist between particular countries. Action is taken within the limits of existing laws in different countries and in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In addition, Interpol’s Constitution prohibits ‘any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.’ The President of Interpol and the Secretary General Robert Noble work closely together in providing strong leadership and direction to the Organization. As defined in Article 5 of its’ Constitution, Interpol comprises the following:

  • General Assembly
  • Executive Committee
  • General Secretariat
  • National Central Bureaus
  • Advisers
  • The Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files. The General Assembly and the Executive Committee form the organization’s governance.

 Interpol’s Structure

General Assembly


Interpol’s supreme governing body meets annually and encompasses delegates appointed by each member country. The Assembly takes all important decisions related to policy, resources, working methods, finances, activities and programmes. The General Secretariat is located in Lyon, France and operates twenty-four (24) hours a day, three hundred and sixty five (365) days a year (I- 24/7)[1]and is run by the Secretary General with Officials from more than eighty (80) countries working side-by-side in any of the Organization’s in four (4) official languages: Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

Each Interpol member country maintains a National Central Bureau (NCB) that is staffed by national law enforcement officers. The NCB is the designated contact point for the General Secretariat, regional offices and other member countries requiring assistance with overseas investigations and the location and apprehension of fugitives.

I-24/7 is an improved service and tool for international law enforcement. It delivers fast, reliable and secure information in a user-friendly manner, permitting immediate analysis and identification. The growth of international crime trends and criminals’ sophisticated activities are so complex that Interpol needs to surpass the technologies available to criminals. I-24/7 is a creative, modern way, using sophisticated tools which make international law enforcement efforts more effective and easier to perform. I-24/7 provides other countries with immediate, user-friendly access to vital police information.

One of the most important points made in the Charter is the critical need for an appointed National Security Officer (NSO) in each member country (who need not necessarily work within the NCB structure). This officer is responsible for physical security of the network (technology) and the designation of end-users (human resources). The Security Officer is responsible for identifying and keeping under review a list of users authorized to work on the I-24/7 communication system within the NCB security perimeter and at each authorized national law enforcement entity.


Ms Elva Sweeney, I-24/7 Trainer, at work with I-24/7

Interpol Plymouth was connected to Interpol’s Global Police Communications System – I-24/7 on the 15th November 2004. The NCB, Sergeant Elva Sweeney, was trained in Barbados in June 2004 and is therefore fully able to use all the applications of the new system. As stated by Miss Sweeney, the I-24/7 connection is particularly significant as it has effectively put us back on the Interpol’s map. In particular, we use the I-24/7 network on a daily basis for improved contact and coordination of policing activities within the region. This facility has proved very useful to us here in Montserrat. Our counterparts from the region send requests to us whenever they need information/assistance to which we respond without delay. We have received numerous mails from many countries to include the United Kingdom requesting information relating to Montserrat nationals.





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