Interpol has just launched its own virtual space. With criminal activity increasingly moving online, the institution apparently doesn't want to fall behind in the web3 revolution. The International Criminal Police Organization unveiled "the first-ever metaverse specifically designed for law enforcement worldwide" at the 90th INTERPOL General Assembly in New Delhi.
Registered users may take a VR tour of the institution's General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon from anywhere in the world. Visitors can interact with police officer avatars and take courses in forensics or other areas of policing. The experience is provided through Interpol's cloud infrastructure.
"For many, the metaverse seems to herald an abstract future, but the issues it raises are those that have always motivated Interpol – supporting our member countries to fight crime and making the world, virtual or not, safer for those who inhabit it," said Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock.
The institution has also set up an Expert Group on the Metaverse to "represent the concerns of law enforcement on the global stage." Interpol emphasizes that criminals are already exploiting the virtual space for social engineering scams and spreading misinformation.
The organization also points to opportunities delivered by the metaverse, such as facilitating networking, training, and collecting and preserving evidence.