I received a question from a reader this week who was interested in knowing which countries were actually INTERPOL member countries. INTERPOL keeps an updated list of its member countries on its website on this page. Each member country has its own page of facts and relevant information. Many also have links to press releases that were issued by INTERPOL with reference to that specific country.
Member countries can use their INTERPOL pages in varying ways. A review of the INTERPOL page for any country of interest provides a bit of insight as to the country’s most recent joint endeavors with INTERPOL, such as this page for South Africa. It may also provide links to relevant law enforcement agencies, as is found in Norway’s page. Paraguay’s page provides an example of how the countries also use their INTERPOL pages to highlight certain wanted subjects. The United Arab Emirates provides little information compared to some other countries, but it includes a video in its page.
When I reviewed the pages for each of the countries, the inevitable question of superlatives arose. Toward that end, I humbly suggest that the following awards go to the following member countries:
- Madagascar, Guinea Bissau and Marshall Islands, tied for the most concise pages
- Japan, for display of the most politically contested Red Notice (for the Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson)
- Thailand, for including the most flowers in a photograph with law enforcment officials
- Costa Rica, for best display of overkill in a takedown of a single subject
To the reader who posed the question, thanks for the opportunity to review the various member countries’ INTERPOL pages. We may have to make “superlatives” a yearly event.
As always, questions and comments are welcomed.