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Course in video forensic analysis for investigators in Guatemala

Guatemala, November 11, 2020.  With the technical support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN), 30 investigators of the National Civil Police received the diploma that accredits them as Forensic Video Analyst of the Specialized Division of Criminal Investigation (DEIC) of the National Civil Police.

Video forensic analysis contributes to the presentation of scientific evidence in criminal proceedings.  Through this analysis the suspects can be linked to the crimes they are accused of and solid cases can be presented during the debates in the courts, in order to successfully achieve the clarification of the truth, the reduction of high percentages of impunity and, above all, access to justice.

With the specialization and skills acquired, the investigators of the National Civil Police now have better tools for criminal investigation.

Commissioner Nery Benito, Deputy General Director of Criminal Investigation, and Officer II and Gunnar Rangelli Cardona, Technical Secretary of the PNC School, thanked UNODC for the support provided in the realization of this training for the PNC, recognizing it as the main cooperating agent in this expansion of capacities and competencies, as well as the cornerstone in the processes of specialization in investigation and the strengthening of the capacities of the PNC resources. 

Both officials pointed out that the Video Forensic Unit is a success that contributes significantly to the reduction of impunity rates, since, currently, 99% of the resolution of cases is done through the scientific evidence of forensic analysis.

The trainers are international experts in digital evidence management, computer forensics, video forensic analysis and criminal investigation.

The Advanced Course on Video Forensic Analysis was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Peacebuilding Fund within the framework of the project "Expanding Access to Justice for Women, Children and Indigenous Peopleā€.