International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP)

International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP)

ICITAP has contributed to our national security by building law enforcement capacity and strategic partnerships worldwide since 1986.
ICITAP has contributed to our national security by building law enforcement capacity and strategic partnerships worldwide since 1986.


ICITAP LogoThe International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) works with foreign governments to develop professional and transparent law enforcement institutions that protect human rights, combat corruption, and reduce the threat of transnational crime and terrorism. ICITAP provides international development assistance that supports both national security and foreign policy objectives.

Situated in the Department of Justice's Criminal Division, ICITAP works in close partnership with and receives funding for its programs from the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

ICITAP programs are designed in partnership with the host countries, and program implementation methods include on-the-ground, pre-program assessments; program planning, management, and review; curriculum development; classroom training, seminars, and workshops; internships; equipment donations; donor coordination; and on-the-job training and mentoring provided by embedded long-term advisors.

In the News

Kosovo: ICITAP Supports Donation of Personal Protective Equipment to Police Inspectorate During COVID-19 Pandemic

July 30, 2020

On July 30, U.S. Embassy Pristina continued its support to Kosovo rule of law institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic when the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) delivered a donation of personal protective equipment to the Police Inspectorate of Kosovo (PIK). The masks, gloves, and sanitizer will allow PIK to continue its essential function of investigating allegations of police misconduct and inspecting law enforcement processes. The INL Director in Kosovo expressed the US Government's commitment to supporting law enforcement institutions in Kosovo and continuing to support PIK in building professional capacity. ICITAP-Kosovo’s Attaché, who attended the ceremony as well, expressed ICITAP’s continued support to PIK in the future. The Acting PIK CEO thanked INL and ICITAP for the donation and the continuous support in the field of trainings, various equipment and professional advices. PIK plays a critical role in strengthening the rule of law in Kosovo by ensuring the Kosovo Police are accountable while maintaining the highest standards as they protect and serve citizens.

Albania: First Director Appointed for ICITAP-Supported National Bureau of Investigation

July 30, 2020

On July 30, Deputy General Director of the Albanian State Police Aida Hajnaj (in photo) was appointed first Director of the newly-formed National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). The U.S. Embassy issued a statement celebrating this a major milestone in the implementation of justice reform, noting it will not be easy, quick or perfect, but it is necessary, and must continue.  ICITAP Albania will conduct the approved five-day NBI Director training program after which the NBI will formally “launch” at the start of September.  Once selected, vetted, and hired, NBI Investigators will undergo training in four distinct phases, of which Phase One (four weeks) is an induction course that will be provided in Albania by ICITAP, and Phase Two (four weeks), coordinated and facilitated by ICITAP, which will focus on core investigation skills, and is anticipated to be provided in 2021 at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia – COVID-19 permitting. For statement from U.S. Embassy Tirana:

Kosovo: ICITAP Participates in EUROPOL Signing Ceremony for Greater Police Cooperation

July 27, 2020

On July 27, Kosovo’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MoIA) signed a cooperative agreement with EUROPOL, which, per the Minister, “strengthens and advances our capacities in preventing and combating international organized crime, terrorism and other forms of serious crime.” The signing ceremony was attended by the Head of the European Union (EU) Office, who serves as the EU’s Special Representative in Kosovo as well as the Kosovo Police General Director, ICITAP-Kosovo’s Attaché, and members of ICITAP’s team along with other guests from local and international institutions. In his remarks, the Minister of Internal Affairs stated “with the signing of the agreement with EUROPOL, today is a very important day for the Republic of Kosovo and law enforcement agencies, especially the Kosovo Police….” The Minister noted that through this agreement, the Kosovo Police will be treated equally, as well as the police services of the countries in the region, which have signed similar agreements with EUROPOL. At the same time, a Kosovo police liaison officer is expected to be sent to EUROPOL headquarters in The Hague very soon. Following the event, ICITAP-Kosovo’s Attaché met with the Minister of Internal Affairs and the KP General Director and received complimentary remarks about the role that ICITAP has played in this tremendous development. View the PDF.

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Gregory Ducot
Director, ICITAP


Gary Bullard
Principal Deputy Director

Nicole Whitaker
Deputy Director


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