Locating fugitives requires a high level of cooperation between governments, police
authorities and international organizations. Through its global police network and
technical tools, INTERPOL provides systematic and proactive assistance to member
countries in order to locate and arrest fugitives.
In this respect, INTERPOL aims to reduce the number of fugitives, especially dangerous
fugitives who move freely across national boundaries, and to deter others from attempting
to flee internationally to avoid prosecution.
INTERPOL provides support to investigators in member countries – in particular their
specialized fugitive units – international courts and tribunals, and other international
organizations to assist with the international aspects of fugitive investigations.
This is done through operations targeting international fugitives; focused projects;
initiatives to enhance the use of INTERPOL-United Nations Security Council Special
Notices for individuals subject to UN sanctions; operational working groups; conferences;
developing best practices in fugitive investigations; training; and creating a global network
of specialist fugitive investigators.
In addition, INTERPOL provides international support to searches for individuals wanted
for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.
Operation Infra (International Fugitives Round Up and Arrest) is a global INTERPOL
initiative to locate and arrest serious international fugitives who are on the run. These
criminals have committed crimes such as murder, child sexual abuse, drug trafficking,
organized crime, people smuggling, human trafficking and money laundering, and are
subject to INTERPOL Red Notices, or international wanted persons alerts.
Since 2009,INTERPOL has conducted annual Infra operations, focusing on either a particular region or type of crime each year.
■■Operation Infra-Red – 2009
■■Operation Infra-Red – 2010
■■Operation Infra-South America – 2011
■■Operation Infra-Red – 2012
■■Operation Infra-Southeast Asia – 2012
■■Operation Infra-Americas – 2013
■■Operation Infra-Terra – 2014
■■Operation Infra-Hydra – 2016
In the framework of Project Basic (Broadening Analysis on Serious International Crimes),
INTERPOL cooperates with national authorities and international institutions to locate,
arrest and develop information concerning individuals wanted for genocide, war crimes
and crimes against humanity worldwide.
INTERPOL RED NOTICES
One of our most powerful tools in tracking international fugitives is the INTERPOL Red
Notice. This seeks the provisional arrest of a wanted person with a view to extradition
and is circulated to police in all our member countries. Red Notices contain identification
details and judicial information about the wanted person and the charges they face.