How Can I Join INTERPOL?

INTERPOL is the world’s largest police organization, with 195 member countries. You can join INTERPOL as an employee or an intern. The application process is online, and an INTERPOL agent will contact you if accepted. A background in law enforcement is not mandatory since INTERPOL hires people in diverse positions. Let’s look at the process.

How Can I Join INTERPOL?

Step 1: Visit the Recruitments Page

First, you visit the INTERPOL website’s careers page, On the left-hand side of your screen, select vacancies. You’ll see a link redirecting you to INTERPOL’s recruitment platform, Talentlink. INTERPOL lists all the open positions on this platform, including their locations.

Step 2: Narrow Down Your Choices

You can apply to positions that best suit you based on your experience and education. Click on the listed job and read the job description to understand the requirements. Ensure you read the entire description to avoid applying for positions that don’t suit you. To avoid spending a lot of time going through the listing, you can use the search criteria provided on the recruitment platform. It allows you to search for job listings in a particular location and whether you want a mentorship program, fixed-term contract, short-term contract, a temporary position, or internship. You can also search for “seconded positions.” Only law enforcement officers in member countries can apply for a “seconded position.”

Step 3: Account Creation on the Recruitment Platform

At the bottom of the page with the job description, click on “Apply for requisition.” It redirects you to a page that needs you to register on the platform. The account creation process is simple and only requires you to provide your name and email address. You can then upload your CV and other relevant documents to your profile.

Step 4: The Application Form

When filling out the application form, ensure you enter the necessary information in all the mandatory fields. It is also good to check the submission deadline for individual positions and submit your application before the allowed period for submission elapses. If you qualify for multiple positions, you can submit your application to each of them individually. If you uploaded a resume while creating an account, there’s no need to upload it again.

Step 5: The Interview

If you meet the requirements and your application gets accepted, an INTERPOL agent contacts you through email or call to set up an interview. After submitting your application, the waiting period can be between two weeks or several months. The interview may require you to attend in person or on a video conferencing platform. If you pass this stage, INTERPOL will set up a date for a written exam. You have to take the exam from one of the INTERPOL locations. The exam tests your ability to handle specific situations and how well you can cope in the position. Once you pass the written exam, INTERPOL sends you a job offer which you have to accept.


Before you apply for any position at INTERPOL, check that your country is a member of INTERPOL. You also have to be at least 18 years old. Visit INTERPOL’s website and see the list of member countries.

Lawyer Kendall Coffey
Kendall Coffey
Senior Partner
Mr. Coffey is a former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Florida (1993-1996); and served as Chair of, the Southern District Conference, Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (April 2009 – January 2017).


What are the qualifications to become an Interpol officer?

To become an Interpol officer, one typically needs to have a background in law enforcement, with experience in areas such as criminal investigations, intelligence gathering, and international police cooperation. The specific qualifications and requirements may vary depending on the country or region, but generally, candidates should have a clean criminal record, be physically fit, and possess strong communication and problem-solving skills. Fluency in multiple languages can also be an asset. It's important to note that becoming an Interpol officer is a highly competitive process, and candidates may need to undergo training and testing before being selected.

Is it harder to get a job in Interpol or become an FBI agent?

Interpol does not function as a conventional law enforcement agency with the power to make arrests. It serves as an information hub that member nations can utilize, in the same way that, in the US, the states can use the federal National Crime Information Center.

Law enforcement officers working in association with Interpol are typically representatives from member countries who have been designated to coordinate with Interpol. Hence, in reality, an FBI agent could potentially be assigned to act as the Interpol liaison. Therefore, comparing the difficulty of attaining a job in Interpol with becoming an FBI agent would not be straightforward.

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