Guatemala City, by Kevin Castillo -AGN-. The Ministry of the Interior -Mingob- continues with the Police Transformation Strategy in the Education Pillar.
Police officers completed the intermediate course on Digital Evidence for Strengthening Crime Investigation Capabilities, which was taught in a hybrid format by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime -UNODC- over ten months. Seventy-one officers, 58 men, and 13 women graduated in a ceremony held at the Police Specialties School in Zone 6 of the capital city. The Vice Minister of Technology, the Deputy Director of Criminal Investigation, and the UNODC coordinator participated in the graduation.
The certification of Best Practices in Criminal Investigation for agents from the National Division against the Criminal Development on Gangs and other divisions of the National Civil Police began recently.
The Embassy of the United States of America sponsored this workshop, which the agents received in a hotel in Zone 10 of Guatemala City.
This certification complies with the General Sub-Directorate of Studies and Doctrine’s training plan and the International Criminal Investigation Training Assistance Program -ICITAP-.
ICITAP designs these workshops in collaboration with the host countries, and the program implementation methods include:
- Pre-program field assessments
- Program planning, management, and review
- Curriculum development
- Classroom training
- Seminars and workshops
- Equipment donations
- Donor coordination
- On-the-job training and mentoring provided by long-term embedded advisors
ICITAP is a program from the United States Department of Justice that works with foreign governments to contribute to the professionalization of police entities, as well as to transparency for:
- Protecting human rights
- Combating corruption
- Reducing the threat of transnational crime and terrorism
These courses are part of the police personnel professionalization process contemplated by the Education Pillar of the Police Transformation promoted by the Government of Guatemala through Mingob.
Other results of the Education Pillar
The Education Pillar of the Police Transformation program has yielded results such as:
- 5,657 new police officers graduated.
- Around 2,350 PNC elements received specialized training in human trafficking, crime scene management, and cybercrime.
- 278 agents, sub-inspectors, and inspectors have benefited from specialized training.
- 49 agents graduated from the intermediate English language course.