In 1994, the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) initiated its first law enforcement development project in the Africa and Middle East region—a “whole of police force” development effort in Somalia. Since then, ICITAP has delivered a wide range of technical assistance and specialized training programs in more than 30 countries throughout the region. Today, ICITAP’s programs in the region focus on countering extremism and transnational crime, democratic policing principles, and forensic capacity development.
ICITAP receives funding and partnership support from the State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT); the Defense Department’s United States Africa Command (AFRICOM); and the joint State- and Defense-funded Global Security Contingency Fund (GSCF).
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In 2010, ICITAP began a multi-year, comprehensive training and technical assistance program designed to build the capacity of the Algeria Gendarmerie Nationale to fight terrorism and transnational crime. The program focuses on three strategic areas: forensics, criminal investigations, and border security.
In 2014, ICITAP initiated a law enforcement development program in Benin. As part of the West Africa Cooperative Security Initiative, ICITAP’s program supports counternarcotics and forensics capacity building and aims to improve regional law enforcement cooperation.
In Egypt, ICITAP is delivering a capacity-building program with the Egyptian Ministry of Justice's Forensic Medical Authority (FMA).
In 2018, ICITAP launched a two-year law enforcement capacity development program, focused on four areas: forensic services and crime scene investigations; organized crime investigations; internal investigations; and specialized training management.
Kenya & Tanzania
In 2011, ICITAP initiated a regional forensics program in East Africa, working in Kenya and Tanzania. The Kenya program, which is completed, helped design plans for a state of the art forensic science institute. The Tanzania program focuses on providing training in disciplines such as crime scene investigation, questioned documents, drug chemistry, latent prints, and digital evidence, in addition to mentoring in laboratory management.
In 2014, ICITAP began delivery of a law enforcement development program with Mali’s National Police. The program aims to build the capacity of the police to provide effective law enforcement services to its citizens and help restore public confidence in the police.
Since 2003, ICITAP has worked with the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) to help them become a full-service police organization. Working with senior JMPD officials, ICITAP developed a complete standard operating procedures and policy manual, and provided support for the development of basic recruit and in-service training. South Africa is one of four African countries in which ICITAP provided training and technical assistance—under the Women's Justice and Empowerment Initiative—to combat gender-based violence.
Selected Past Programs
From 2002 to 2011, ICITAP provided training and technical assistance in criminal case management and investigations. Benin is one of four African countries in which ICITAP provided training and technical assistance—under the Women's Justice and Empowerment Initiative—to combat gender-based violence.
In 2013, ICITAP launched a forensics and law enforcement development program in Bahrain. Working with the Bahraini Ministry of Interior and the Royal Academy of Police, ICITAP provided training in crime scene investigation and forensic DNA analysis.
ICITAP began working with the State Department in 2007 on a program to combat trafficking in persons. ICITAP conducted an assessment and provided training and technical assistance.
ICITAP began working with the State Department in 2007 on a program to combat trafficking in persons.
In 1999, ICITAP began providing training and technical assistance to Ghana's police service on civil disorder management, sex crimes investigation, first responder training, and community policing. The comprehensive program—which included instructor development, mid-level management, basic criminal investigations, media relations, narcotics investigations, and internal affairs—was part of a major democracy-building initiative in Ghana.
From 2003–2012, ICITAP played a major role in helping to restore the criminal justice system in Iraq. ICITAP led an advance team shortly after major conflict ended to assess the condition of local law enforcement institutions. Under the Coalition Provisional Authority, ICITAP assisted with the establishment of Iraq's Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice, and Department of Border Enforcement, and also designed and implemented training and organizational development programs for these institutions. ICITAP also supported law enforcement development programs for police, border security, forensics, and judicial investigations; and helped build Iraq's law enforcement capacity in the areas of corrections and anticorruption investigations.
Lake Chad Basin
From 2015–2017, ICITAP delivered two regional programs in the Lake Chad Basin: a Counter-Boko Haram program designed to assist the governments of Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria to enhance security on their shared borders; and a Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in Prisons program in Chad, Cameroon, and Niger, focused on improving terrorist inmate management and capacity to operate prisons in accordance with international standards to ensure the safe, secure, and orderly custody of terrorist inmates, and facilitate inmates’ potential rehabilitation and reintegration.
ICITAP began providing human trafficking investigations training to law enforcement investigators throughout Madagascar in 2008. The project focused on establishing the first nationwide interagency law enforcement unit dedicated to combating trafficking-in-persons.
From 2009–2017, ICITAP conducted an assessment of the Morocco Royal Gendarmerie Laboratory and the National Police Laboratory and provided training and technical assistance to aid both labs in their pursuit of international accreditation.
ICITAP's work in Mozambique contributed to the development of law enforcement capabilities in three critical areas. The initial project, in 2003, assisted the Academy of Police Sciences in creating training requirements for the Mozambican police and created a training forensics laboratory at the academy. The following year, ICITAP initiated a community policing project that included the creation and deployment of bicycle patrol units.
ICITAP provided training on civil disorder management and election security in Nigeria. ICITAP also provided technical assistance on recruiting and training criminal investigators for the Police Service Commission, a civilian oversight body for the Nigerian police force. ICITAP also worked with the State Department on a program to combat trafficking in persons.
From 2009 to 2011, ICITAP provided technical assistance, training, and mentoring to the Rwanda National Police in the area of internal affairs. ICITAP helped the police develop comprehensive reporting and internal investigations processes to improve accountability.
In 2002, ICITAP initiated a three-pronged law enforcement development program focused on mid-level management training for officers in Senegal's gendarmerie and national police, and on drug investigation training, including drug testing techniques and laboratory management. More recently, ICITAP launched a project to help establish a community policing program and an office to combat trafficking in persons.
From 2011–2013, ICITAP provided technical assistance and training to the Sierra Leone Police in the area of election security. ICITAP worked with the police to help develop a sustainable capacity to maintain peace before, during, and after elections. ICITAP also worked with police and civil society organizations to develop and implement a civic education program to improve citizens' understanding of the role of law enforcement in election security.
In 2007, ICITAP initiated a law enforcement development program in South Sudan. In 2010, the program expanded to include a new information-led policing component. ICITAP's goal was to help the government of South Sudan and the Southern Sudan Police Service become more effective in combating crime and extremism, and to strengthen governance in vulnerable areas.
ICITAP's assistance to Tanzania began in 2002 in response to the 1998 terrorist bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam. ICITAP's support focused on civil disorder management and election security, basic police skills, criminal investigations, police training and curriculum development, anti-human trafficking, and the establishment of a criminal forensics laboratory.
Since 2003, ICITAP has helped the Ugandan police force improve its basic and criminal investigation skills, including forensics capabilities, and has assisted in building criminal intelligence management systems. ICITAP recently completed a highly successful program designed to combat trafficking in persons. The passage of a comprehensive anti-trafficking law combined with ICITAP's training and technical assistance is strengthening the government's capacity to increase prosecution of trafficking cases.
ICITAP began working with the government of Zambia in 2007. Zambia was one of four African countries in which ICITAP provided training and technical assistance—under the Women's Justice and Empowerment Initiative—to combat gender-based violence.