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El Salvador National Police strengthens its capacities for the investigation of cyber crimes

Within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by UNODC and the El Salvador National Police for the establishment of the Cybercrime Unit in the Division of Investigation, a number of a series of training activities have been developed to strengthen the capacities of criminal justice professionals in the prevention and fight against cybercrime in El Salvador.

From 7 to 11 July the second training in "Cybercrime Investigation Techniques" was realized, targeting the Computer Crime Group, Prosecutors and police personnel aspiring to shape the future of the Cybercrime Unit. In order to comprehensively address the needs of the unit, three groups were formed: Investigators, forensic experts and managers. The course, directed by Ms. Miroslav Prljevic, UNODC, and Dr. Joshua James of the University of South Korea, allowed for the transfer of the specialized knowledge and tools necessary required to investigate and coordinate research in cybercrime cases.

Furthermore, from 24 to 28 March, the first training on "Computer Forensics", was also directed to the same group. The aim of the course was to provide participants with basic knowledge in the area of ​​computer forensics, providing basic elements of managing digital evidence and basic use of the information retrieval software, EnCase, on computers and mobile phones. The technical-scientific area of this course was taught by Dr. Greg Carlton of the University California Polytechnic State University in the United States, while Ms.  Tejal Jesrani, UNODC Criminal Justice Expert delivered the area of ​​cooperation and legal aspects.

In addition to the training, the Cybercrime group has received technical and methodological support from UNODC that will lay the groundwork for the creation of the Cybercrime Unit of the El Salvador National Police. A third upcoming training will be held on the investigation of crimes against children on the Internet.