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22 July 2013

Enhancing analytical skills in the fight against drugs and organized crime in the Americas focus of INTERPOL training

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – Some 20 law enforcement officials from Central America, the Caribbean and neighbouring countries have gathered in Costa Rica for a criminal intelligence training session focused on combating drug trafficking and transnational organized crime in the region.

The two-week course (8 – 19 July), organized by INTERPOL with the support of the National Central Bureau in San José, is part of the INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme on Criminal Intelligence Analysis for the Americas, a one-year programme coordinated by INTERPOL to boost the criminal analysis skills of national law enforcement to more effectively fight drug trafficking and organized crime across the Americas.

The course aims to equip intelligence analysts and investigators from drug enforcement, customs, border and immigration agencies with the skills needed to analyse large amounts of criminal information, and to develop accurate intelligence. Common analytical techniques and how to effectively use INTERPOL’s global tools and services, as well as best practices in international cooperation were also included in the programme.

The training, sponsored by the Government of Canada, included a section on instructor development, where participants learned how to design and develop original course curricula and effectively deliver the content to their colleagues upon returning to their home countries.

Countries which attended the training: Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru, Panama, in addition to a representative from La Escuela Regional de la Comunidad Americana de Inteligencia Antidrogas (ERCAIAD).

This is the second of two basic criminal intelligence courses in the programme, the first of which was held in Barbados in May, for the English-speaking Caribbean.