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.

About ICITAP

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The 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

ICITAP Hits 35-Year Milestone and Continues Growing its Law Enforcement Capacity-Building Missions Around the Globe

January 6, 2021

On January 6, ICITAP celebrated its 35-year anniversary of working 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. See ICITAP’s Strategic Plan. As a result of Congress passing legislation to expand a waiver to Section 660 to include “programs to enhance investigative capabilities conducted under judicial or prosecutorial control,” Section 534(b)(3) of the Foreign Assistance Act authorized the establishment of ICITAP on January 6, 1986. The program was funded at $1.52 million for its first year and was originally managed from the Office of the Deputy Attorney General. ICITAP was originally established to help gain prosecutions in key human rights cases in El Salvador and to bolster the criminal investigative capacity of Latin American security forces. For the remainder of the 1980s, ICITAP provided training in criminal investigations, forensics, police management, and combating violent crime to established law enforcement agencies throughout the Western Hemisphere. Since 1986, ICITAP has strengthened national security by advancing U.S. law enforcement operations abroad through training, mentoring, and technical assistance in 110 countries worldwide. See ICITAP’s Historical Milestones. Despite the many challenges of COVID-19 during 2020, ICITAP experienced tremendous growth and its global force of 410 men and women currently lead and manage missions and projects in 62 countries. See ICITAP’s Global Presence Map. 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.

Panama: ICITAP Helps Strengthen Capacity of National Police Directorate of Judicial Investigations

November 13, 2020

On November 13, the ICITAP-Panama mission reported on the newest class from the ICITAP Investigations Course going through courtroom testimony and the final graduation. The course was presented to new investigators from the Panamanian National Police’s Directorate of Judicial Investigations in Panama City, Panama. The three-week course consisted of presentations on the best practices of investigations, forensics and crime scene investigations, courtroom testimony and a series of practical exercises. ICITAP was assisted by certified CSI and investigators that have graduated from our train-the-trainer course and the investigations or CSI course. The assistance was in presentations, monitoring of students and in the execution and evaluation of the practical exercises. In Panama, ICITAP works with the support of and in coordination with the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

ICITAP Holds Global Town Hall to Highlight FY20 Achievements

November 10, 2020

On November 10, ICITAP held a global town hall meeting titled “Fiscal Year 2020: A Historic Year in Review” with nearly 200 ICITAP participants across 15 time zones to highlight significant achievements during fiscal year 2020. Topics included ICITAP’s efforts to mitigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, ICITAP’s significant increase in its global presence, ICITAP’s new strategic plan, ICITAP’s increase in HQ and field staffing, ICITAP’s new prime contractor, FY20 funding, significant interagency partnerships, forensic developments, ICITAP’s International Police Development Advisory Council and relevant analysis of 21st century policing, ICITAP’s publications in partnership with the COPS Office, ICITAP’s curricula, select ICITAP operational successes, new geographic and subject-matter initiatives, and the future.

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Leadership 

Gregory Ducot
Director, ICITAP

 

Gary Bullard
Principal Deputy Director
 

Nicole Whitaker
Deputy Director
 

Contact 

ICITAP Direct Line
(202) 305-8190
 

Department of Justice Main Switchboard
(202) 514-2000