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U.S. Involvement with INTERPOL

1914 The 1st International Police Conference convenes in Monaco
1923 INTERPOL is founded. A headquarters is established in Vienna, Austria, and the first Wanted Persons Notices are published in INTERPOL's International Public Safety Journal.
1938 U.S. participation in INTERPOL begins. As a result of World War II, the U.S. delays its formal membership in INTERPOL until 1947, at which time it is represented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
1946 The current, color-coded INTERPOL Notice system is initiated, and the first Red Notices are published for persons wanted internationally
1947 The U.S. becomes a full member of INTERPOL
1950 The U.S. Department of the Treasury assumes responsibility for INTERPOL Washington
1958 The Attorney General designates the U.S. Department of the Treasury as the U.S. representative to INTERPOL
1968 Congress authorizes the Attorney General to accept and maintain, on behalf of the United States, membership in INTERPOL, under Title 22, United States Code §263a
1977 A Memorandum of Understanding establishes the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Justice as co-managers of INTERPOL Washington
2003 Under a new Memorandum of Understanding, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security replaces the U.S. Department of the Treasury as co-manager of INTERPOL Washington


Updated: July 2012
Interpol  Washington - Domestic Focus... International Reach
General Information INTERPOL U.S. National USNCB
Shawn A. Bray
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U.S. National Central Bureau
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