Interpol

Interpol

Interpol

In line with Maria (Maki) Haberfeld & William H. McDonald

about Interpol in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

Interpol is the shortened name for the International Criminal Police Organization, an organization established to promote international criminal police cooperation. The name Interpol, once the organization's telegraph address, was officially incorporated into the updated name adopted in 1956: International Criminal Police Organization-Interpol (abbreviated to ICPO-Interpol or, more frequently, Interpol). The history of Interpol dates from the 1920s. After World War I, Europe underwent a great increase in crime. One of the countries most affected was Austria, which in 1923 hosted a meeting of the representatives of the criminal police of 20 nations to discuss common problems. This meeting led to the establishment that same year of the International Police Commission (Interpol's predecessor), which had its headquarters in Vienna. From 1923 until 1938, the commission flourished. However, in 1938, Austria became part of Nazi Germany, and the commission with it all of its records was moved to Berlin.

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