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The International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO), widely known as INTERPOL.
The Organization’s official name is “ICPO–INTERPOL”. The official abbreviation “ICPO” stands for ‘International Criminal Police Organization’. In French this is “O.I.P.C.”, which stands for “Organisation internationale de police criminelle”. The word “INTERPOL” is a contraction of “international police”, and was chosen in 1946 as the telegraphic address. Until 1956, the Organization was known as the International Criminal Police Commission.