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The idea of INTERPOL was born in 1914 at the first International Criminal
Police Congress, held in Monaco. This meeting brought together police
officers and judicial representatives from 24 countries to find ways to
cooperate on solving crimes, notably arrest and extradition procedures,
identification techniques and the idea of centralized criminal records.

Over the past 100 years, cooperation among police forces internationally has
become firmly grounded in practice as crimes and criminals have moved
increasingly beyond national borders.

Officially created in 1923, INTERPOL – the International Criminal Police
Organization – has seen its membership grow steadily over the years. Today,
190 member countries work together on a daily basis, using the databases,
tools and secure communications systems that the Organization offers.

While its vision and mission remain in line with the original goals of the
meeting in 1914, the Organization continues to evolve in response to the
needs of its member countries, the emergence of new crime trends, and
innovations in technology.

Preventing and fighting crime through enhanced cooperation and innovation on
police and security matters