Engility supports the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program. 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. We have implemented ICITAP initiatives in over 28 countries. ICITAP provides international development assistance that supports both national security and foreign policy objectives. ICITAP is situated in the Department of Justice's Criminal Division.
ICITAP works in close partnership with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Defense. Through the ICITAP initiative, Engility supports programs that are designed in partnership with the host countries. Aspects of active program partnership are program implementation methods focused on being executed on-the-ground in the host country, pre-program assessments; program planning, program management & review. Engility support also includes: curriculum development; classroom training, seminars and workshops; internships; equipment donations; donor coordination; and on-the-job training and mentoring by our embedded long-term advisors.
Select Key Achievements
- With the proliferation of foreign fighters a looming regional threat, ICITAP has placed increased focus on regional Counterterrorism (CT) efforts in the Balkans—through targeted training initiatives and an emphasis on facilitating regional cooperation and law enforcement network building. Training highlights include extensive partnerships with numerous other U.S. government agencies to provide a series of regional and targeted CT and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)-related workshops and border security trainings. ICITAP also facilitated high-level regional security meetings and provided advisory support to the Police Cooperation Convention of Southeast Europe (PCC SEE), which is crafting a proposal to develop a regional approach to countering terrorism, violent extremism, and radicalization. ICITAP’s capacity building efforts lay the groundwork for significant operational outcomes on the part of our host country partners. In Albania, Border Police arrested an internationally wanted terrorist; in Bosnia, the Border Police and State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) arrested six men suspected of financially supporting and recruiting for ISIS; also in Bosnia, SIPA arrested a Swede and four Bosnian nationals suspected of building an explosive device intended for an attack in an unspecified Scandinavian country.
- Since January 2015, ICITAP has supported the Ministry of Interior in recruiting, selecting, and training Ukraine’s first Police Patrol Service, and the effort has been gaining momentum on a national scale. The stand-up of the patrol police is the first step in a three-year process of completely replacing the Soviet-origin militia in the country. To date, ICITAP has graduated 3,000+ patrol police officers in the cities of Kyiv, Lviv, and Odessa. The popularity of the new Patrol Police Service is pushing applications up to unprecedented levels, and public trust in the service is also breaking new ground. At the end of September, a leading Ukrainian polling organization released results of a recent survey in Kyiv regarding public trust in the new Patrol Police Service. Fully 80 percent of respondents stated that they mostly trust or entirely trust the patrol police, while less than 16 percent trust or partially trust the still-operational “militia.”
- At a ceremony on September 24, Mexico’s prosecutor general’s office (PGJ) of the State of Querétaro received an official certification title for its compliance with international ISO-IEC-17020:2012 standards in the area of Crime Scene Analysis. The PGJ forensic laboratory in Querétaro is the first laboratory in Mexico (and only the second in all of Latin America) to receive this prestigious recognition in the area of Crime Scene Analysis. This hallmark achievement, through ICITAP’s successful mentorship and expert-lead instruction, will both serve as a principle example for regional and international laboratories to follow, and assist the professionalization of Mexico’s new accusatory system, while advancing the goal of greater cooperation between Mexican and U.S. security apparatuses. This milestone achievement is part of a large-scale forensics development program in Mexico. ICITAP launched an extensive crime scene training initiative and first responder training program. In total, ICITAP provided 82 forensic training sessions, graduating 1,921 participants.
- For the past year, ICITAP has advised the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Kosovo Police, and the Kosovo Academy for Public Safety on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)-related issues. ICITAP has assisted with the internal coordination and effective management of the government’s CVE strategy, leveraging the ICITAP-established Community Safety Action Teams for public safety research and public outreach. Kosovo is among the first countries in the Balkans to draft and approve a national CVE strategy. Further, according to statistics provided by Kosovo authorities: in recent years, a total of 316 Kosovars have gone to fight for the Islamic State out of a population of 1.8 million. However ICITAP’s efforts are bearing fruit, and since September of last year, not one Kosovar has been reported to have left for the conflict area. At the CVE Donor Support Conference hosted by Kosovo’s National Security Council in January, ICITAP was recognized for advising and assisting the Ministry of Internal Affairs in drafting the national CVE Strategy. Further, at the launch of a three-day CVE train-the-trainer program, the Minister of Internal Affairs recognized ICITAP for helping to establish the region’s first-ever CVE Referral Mechanism. The purpose of the mechanism is to stem recruitment to foreign conflicts, and support, facilitation, or conduct of domestic acts of terrorism via the critical role of local-level early detection of people at risk of radicalization.
Balkans: Regional Counterterrorism Capacity-Building and Operational Outcomes
Ukraine: ICITAP Police Reform Efforts Continue Gaining Momentum and Recognition
Mexico: Forensic Laboratory in Querétaro Achieves Milestone International Accreditation
Kosovo: ICITAP Recognized as Key Contributor to Kosovo CVE Strategy and Regional CVE Referral Mechanism