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

Costa Rica: ICITAP Facilitates First Central America Regional Forensic Conference

March 23, 2018

From March 20–22, 2018, ICITAP partnered with the FBI to present a Central America Regional Forensic Leadership Symposium in San Jose, Costa Rica. The symposium was held to improve local and regional use of forensic evidence and improve interoperability with U.S. counterparts. On March 23, the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica posted an article on their website highlighting the conference, which brought together more than 70 forensics specialists from the United States, Costa Rica, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama.
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Kosovo: ICITAP-Trained Investigators Conduct Migrant Smuggling Operation against Organized Crime Group

March 22, 2018

On March 22, Europol posted an official press release about a successful operation conducted against a transnational criminal organization that over the past year was responsible for smuggling an estimated 300 people per month to Europe, including minors, netting approximately 900,000 euros per month. The Kosovo Police (KP), led by an ICITAP-trained KP major, in coordination with the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), conducted the anti-smuggling operation in cooperation with law enforcement authorities from Slovenia and Europol. The operation led to the arrest of 12 individuals, and seizure of 19 mobile devices, four guns with ammunition, and forged passports and other identification documents.
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A/AAG Cronan Highlights CRM Role in Countering MS-13 by Developing Law Enforcement Capacity in Central America

February 6, 2018

At the daily White House Press Briefing on February 6, 2018, Acting Assistant Attorney General John Cronan spoke about the Criminal Division’s (CRM) efforts to counter MS-13. In answering a question from the press pool, A/AAG Cronan highlighted the importance of law enforcement capacity building in Central America to “make sure they are able to target MS-13 […] before that threat hits United States soil.” In his remarks, Mr. Cronan referenced ICITAP as one of the sections in the Criminal Division under his command. ICITAP advances national security by strengthening U.S. law enforcement operations abroad.
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 International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program

Gary Barr
Acting Director, ICITAP


Gregory Ducot
Deputy Director


ICITAP Direct Line
(202) 305-8190

Department of Justice Main Switchboard
(202) 514-2000