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Police Community of the Americas (AMERIPOL)


Bogota, Colombia

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Short description

AMERIPOL’s mandate is to promote technical and scientific cooperation, exchange information and intelligence regarding organized crime, support criminal investigations and provide judicial assistance, and conduct and support training.


According to Article 23 of the AMERIPOL Statute, member countries are to finance the organization. All financial contributions and technical assistance to AMERIPOL are voluntary. Colombia, where the AMERIPOL Secretariat is based, assumes the infrastructural costs of hosting AMERIPOL headquarters. Member states can designate (and are responsible for financing the stay of) permanent or temporary liaison officers to the Executive Secretariat. Costs of joint operations and initiatives are covered by the police forces involved.

AMERIPOL membership is made up of police corps, with Costa Rica and Panama each represented by two corps. The Police of Puerto Rico and the United States—through its Drug Enforcement Agency—each have their own respective membership. AMERIPOL was formed on 14 November 2007 in Bogota, Colombia, with an original membership of 18 police corps. Fifteen national, regional, and international police entities are observers to AMERIPOL, including from Germany, Canada, Italy, and Spain, as well as the OAS and INTERPOL, among others.


24 members (21 are UN member states)

  • Current members*: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, United States, Uruguay (Bold: founding member, Grey: suspended member)
  • Former members: None
  • Membership pending: None

Overlapping memberships with other ROs

AMERIPOL members represent:

  • 4 of 21 APEC members
  • 2 of 15 CARICOM members
  • 21 of 35 OAS members
  • 6 of 7 SICA members

* Information accurate as of 12 April 2012

PoA Point of Contact

  • Lieutenant Colonel Yesid Romanos
  • Delegate of the Presidency


PoA-related activities

AMERIPOL promotes cooperation among police organizations, including conducting and improving the training of police officers, developing effective exchanges of information, and coordinating legal assistance. Its particular focus is on organized transnational crime; however, it does not presently have any projects specific to small arms. Each member has a national unit on police technicalscientific cooperation, information exchange, criminal investigation and judicial assistance, and training and doctrine, which facilitates and promotes cooperation.

PoA-related programmes and initiatives

PoA-relevant cooperation with other ROs

AMERIPOL and the OAS signed a cooperation agreement in June 2011. The agreement aims to develop initiatives for strengthening the capacities of the regional institutions responsible for ensuring public security and to establish a framework for inter-institutional cooperation through the design and implementation of technical assistance initiatives and exchanges of experiences.

Legally binding regional instruments

  • None

Other official documents of interest

  • AMERIPOL Statute, signed on 14 November 2007


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