One of INTERPOL's core functions is to facilitate the exchange of criminal investigative information and data securely and rapidly. The organization's I-24/7 global police communications system connects law enforcement officials in all 190 member countries and provides them with the means to share crucial information on criminals and criminal activities in real time.
The International Justice & Public Safety Network (Nlets) Integration
Nlets is a computer-based message switching system that connects federal, state, local law and tribal law enforcement agencies for the purpose of information exchange. Nlets is the largest outreach tool available to state and local law enforcement authorities. Nlets was recently combined with the international law enforcement database at INTERPOL to provide law enforcement agents with more complete investigative information.
FBI Law Enforcement Online
The FBI's LEO system provides a secure backbone network that law enforcement members can use to communicate securely with INTERPOL Washington and transmit Sensitive But Unclassified information. In the future, designated law enforcement agencies will have access to INTERPOL databases via LEO.
Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS)
The Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) is a national repository of fingerprints and criminal histories maintained by the FBI and its Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division. INTERPOL Washington collaborated with the FBI and INTERPOL Headquarters in Lyon, France, to develop a gateway to query and store international and domestic fingerprints within their respective systems. INTERPOL Washington's INTERPOL Operations and Command Center has the capability to convert and run queries against repositories maintained by INTERPOL and INTERPOL Washington in real time.