After taking a two-month break in training activities to give way to the 2013 elections in May, the US Department of Justice through its International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (Icitap) resumed police training courses on June 3 for 86 police officers from Mindanao.
Immediately, the policemen received training on basic police operations, mid-level management and crime scene preservation. The courses are being conducted with the Philippine National Police (PNP) officers stationed in Basilan, Cotabato, Jolo, Tawi-Tawi and Marawi.
The classes are being conducted by members of the Philippine National Police who have previously undergone instructor development training also from Icitap.
Since establishing the program in the Philippines in 2006, Icitap has trained more than 21,500 PNP officers throughout the country.
Icitap provides training for enhancement of basic police skills, as well as specialized training in investigations and forensic science throughout the Philippines.
All of Icitap’s classes reinforce the democratic policing principles of ethics and human rights. A majority of the funding for Icitap training is provided by the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Bureau of the US Department of State.
Icitap works with foreign governments to develop professional and transparent law enforcement institutions that protect human rights, combat corruption, and reduce the threat of transnational crime and terrorism; and provides international development assistance that supports both national security and foreign policy objectives. It works in close partnership with the US Department of State, the US Agency for International Development, the Department of Defense, and the Millennium Challenge Corp.
In the southern Philippines, Icitap has provided funds for the development of training centers in Basilan, Cotabato, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu and Zamboanga as part of a series of initiatives aimed at improving the efficiency and quality of service provided by the PNP.
Icitap, in conjunction with other US government agencies, has also built a crime laboratory in Zamboanga City.