On September 27, 2016, Massachusetts State Representative Harold P. Naughton, Jr., (D-MA), and Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, met with INTERPOL Washington leadership to discuss matters of mutual interest.
The visit included an overview of INTERPOL Washington operations as well as a discussion of how Massachusetts’ law enforcement agencies can benefit from federation. This process enables investigators to query both domestic and INTERPOL indices in a single search transaction, and to make real-time, concurrent determination of the domestic and/or international criminal or terrorist threat posed by persons of investigative interest. Federated searches can be conducted from both fixed and mobile platforms, including vehicle mounted and hand-held devices. Currently, 12 states and the District of Columbia have federated their search queries.
The decision to federate rests with individual states. U.S. law enforcement agencies can gain more information about federation by contacting INTERPOL Washington’s Office of the Chief Information Officer at 202-616-9000 or on-line at Nlets at http://www.nlets.org