INTERPOL boosts cybercrime policing capacity in Latin America and the Caribbean

2 septembre 2016

BOGOTA, Colombia – INTERPOL has conducted a series of cybercrime training sessions in Latin America and the Caribbean, aimed at enhancing regional law enforcement capacity to prevent, detect and respond to cyberthreats.

A total of 62 law enforcement officers from 29 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean attended the training sessions.
The training courses focused on mobile forensics, online investigations and providing a ‘first response’ to a cybercrime incident.
INTERPOL has held cybercrime training sessions in the Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Colombia to assist police in the region to respond to cyberthreats.
Among the attendees of the opening ceremony in the Bahamas were Minister of National Security, Bernard J. Nottage and State Minister of National Security, Keith Bell.
Participants of the Dominican Republic course.
Commissioner Ellison Greenslade of the Royal Bahamas Police Force addressed participants during the course in the Bahamas.
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The three training sessions – held in the Bahamas in June, the Dominican Republic in July and Colombia in August – brought together a total of 62 law enforcement officers from 29 countries and territories for focused training sessions on mobile forensics, online investigations and providing a ‘first response’ to a cybercrime incident.

The training sessions were an integral component of the INTERPOL’s Cybercrime Capacity Building Project in Latin America and the Caribbean. Funded by the Government of Canada, the initiative will deliver specialized training, technical equipment and focused operations to countries across the region.

“Training sessions such as these remain at the forefront of INTERPOL’s efforts to enhance law enforcement capacity to meet the challenges of policing technology-enabled crimes. With cyberattacks taking place with increasing frequency around the world, it is crucial for police to stay ahead of criminals by understanding new trends and responding with innovative solutions,” said Madan Oberoi, INTERPOL’s Director of Cybercrime.

The training sessions took place in cooperation with the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Dominican Republic National Police and Colombian National Police. Training was provided by experts from the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, in partnership with specialists from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Colombian National Police, Oxygen Forensics Inc. and Cyber Forensics 360.

Countries and territories which participated in the training were: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Sint Maarten, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos.