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

Bangladesh: ICITAP Commended as Leading Force for Law Enforcement Capacity Building

November 29, 2018

On November 29, ICITAP concluded Instructor Development Courses (IDC) for the instructors of the Detective Training School (DTS) in Dhaka. With the support of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), ICITAP delivered the two-week course, from which a total of 15 officers (seven women) graduated. Three host-country instructors, who had previously graduated from ICITAP’s IDC course, co-delivered the course with an ICITAP instructor. The Commandant of the Detective Training School was effusive in his thanks to ICITAP for being the main international partner of the Bangladesh Police in providing assistance since 2010 and assisting to build local resources.

Nepal: ICITAP Delivers Tools and Expertise to Strengthen Country’s Democratic Policing Practices

November 27, 2018

On November 27, ICITAP concluded the first of two back-to-back Human Rights and Democratic Policing Train-the-Trainer Courses in Nepal. This first course was taught at the Nepal Police West Regional Police Training Center in the city of Butwal. A total of 24 Nepal Police officers, including three female officers, graduated from the 15-day course. The Chief of the No. 5 State Police Office, ICITAP-Nepal’s Program Manager, and other senior police officials attended the graduation ceremony. The ceremony highlighted the official handover of training equipment, which included five laptops, five generators, five projectors with screens, and five UPSes to the Police Training Center for training purposes.

Panama: ICITAP Builds Capacity to Counter Gang Activity in Central America

November 23, 2018

On November 23, ICITAP concluded the Basic Investigator's Course for the Panamanian National Police’s Anti-Gang Unit with 30 investigators in attendance. The course presented the basic principles of investigations to include case preparation and case management, interview techniques, methodology of the process including what an investigator should know about crime scene and testifying before a tribunal. These last two portions were in cooperation with the Panamanian National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences (IMELCF) and the Panamanian Prosecutor’s Office of the Public Ministry. The course also included sections on crime scene safety, arrest techniques, surveillance and ethics among others. The course was presented over a time period of three weeks and included academic as well as technical application exercises.




Gregory Ducot
Acting Director, ICITAP


Gary Bullard
Acting Principal Deputy Director

Nicole Whitaker
Acting Deputy Director


ICITAP Direct Line
(202) 305-8190

Department of Justice Main Switchboard
(202) 514-2000