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Anti-Corruption Training Workshop for investigating and Prosecuting Techniques for Cases of Corruption

Panama City, August 21-23, 2019. The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC), with the financial support of the Government of Canada, held a regional workshop on "Investigation and Prosecution Techniques in Cases of Corruption." As part of a larger project entitled "Support in the Fight against Corruption in the Caribbean", the workshop used a hypothetical case study as a tool to introduce various techniques for the effective investigation and prosecution of corruption cases.

The workshop brought together thirty officers from country throughout the region including: Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados.  Participants came from different sectors including the Director of Public Prosecutions, Financial Intelligence Unit, Attorney General`s Office, the Integrity Commission, Customs and law enforcement. 

Jason Reichelt, UNODC Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer and Stacy de la Torre, UNODC's Regional Anti-Corruption facilitated the training.

Participants appreciated the interactive nature of the exercise, working through each stage of the investigation as an interagency task force which mirrors the cooperation necessary amongst agencies to effectively investigate financial transactions related to money laundering and other corruption-related crimes. A participant from Barbados praised the exercise stating "I liked it due to the interactive nature, which allowed me to learn about different investigation methods as well building a network with the people met at the event." Another participant from Grenada remarked that the workshop "opened my mind on how to approach an investigation, finding relationship patterns in regard to cash flow."

A follow-up course on more advanced investigative techniques is in development and the participants of this workshop requested the advanced training as soon as it is available in order to continue to deepen their knowledge and sharpen their skills.