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Panama: ICITAP Launches New Training Program with National Police

On February 12, ICITAP-Central America’s Attaché reported on ICITAP’s launch of a new Train-the-Trainer Program with the Panamanian National Police and their National Academy. The new instructors will be utilized across the country in delivering two new programs that ICITAP is also helping to develop with the National Academy and Field Operations – a Field Training Officer Programs and Community Policing. The new police leadership recognized that there is a need to evaluate the recruits once they left the academy to make sure that they could successfully demonstrate their skills in the field. Previously the new recruits went into field assignments without evaluation and in some instances directly in major crime units like homicide. During the transition from the military to civilian police after the US intervention in 1989, ICITAP assisted the Panamanian National Police in the development of their academy and as part of that change, a Field Officer Training Program was created. The new leadership has decided to re-start the program. Additionally, the new leadership has decided to begin a community policing effort beginning in its highest-crime areas. A new commissioner has been named to spearhead the work within Field Operations. In Panama, ICITAP launched this initiative with the support of and in coordination with the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

Updated August 11, 2023