INTERPOL International describes itself as the world’s largest international police force, to which 188 countries are contributing members. Its broad goal is to assist those people and organizations who are committed to combating crime on a global basis. INTERPOL does so by acting as a liaison between the police forces of multiple nations to coordinate their efforts and facilitate the effective flow of information between them.
In aiming to achieving this goal, INTERPOL International identifies four major functions in its mission statement. First, INTERPOL acts a conduit for the secure, expeditious translation of police data using its I-24/7 communications network.
Second, it compiles this data in a way that makes for easy comparison across jurisdictions. Third, it provides support and incidence response in the event of an emergency. Lastly, INTERPOL International trains operatives in the art of defending against international crime and terrorism.
INTERPOL International, bound by a Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, fights against child abduction, child trafficking per sé, but rather act as intermediaries for the central law enforcement agencies of different nations that otherwise may have experienced a failure to communicate.
Moreover, INTERPOL, ever neutral, refuses to become involved in prosecution of crimes of a more subjective quality, especially those of a political, racial, or religious nature (therefore, it does not deal with asylum and refugee law).