Nepal: ICITAP Mentors National Police to Strengthen Criminal Investigative Capacity

February 28, 2020

On February 28, ICITAP completed an intensive two-week engagement to provide the Nepal Police Job Task working group assistance in finalizing the criminal investigator task list, equipment list, and risk analysis lists for criminal investigator position.  Concluding four months of work, the Nepal Police working group compiled an extensive list of criminal investigator tasks, sub tasks, equipment requirements for each task/subtask, as well as the analysis of risk for each task.  In preparation for the next phase of the program, the national validation of the survey document, the Nepal Police brought together experienced investigators from the Kathmandu valley to pilot the survey.  The investigators assisted in a previous phase with the review of the original tasks, and as a result of their participation, an additional set of tasks was included in the final survey document.  Their participation helped validate the survey, and based on the questions and input from the pilot group, the survey will be improved and prepared for national distribution in early May. In March, ICITAP will work with the Nepal Police working group to develop an electronic version of the survey, as well as an implementation plan for the national distribution. At ICITAP’s suggestion, the working group also developed a set of general questions that collected information such as education level, experience levels, access to equipment, training needs, job satisfaction, etc.  Over a two-day period, the pilot group completed the survey questionnaire which is currently being analyzed. The survey was quickly analyzed, and within the small group, significant needs for specialized investigative training, as well as the need for equipment, protective gear, were identified.  The working group feels that the Job Task Analysis will provide the institution with a wealth of information never previously obtained from working level investigators.  This information will be used to enhance existing investigator training, as well as set minimum criminal investigative standards that could assist the provincial police as they are developed over the next few years.  The working group realizes they are contributing to the professionalism of the police in Nepal, and they are very proud to be the institutional experts on how to implement Job Task Analysis for the Police. In Nepal, ICITAP works with the support of and in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

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