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Technical Assistance Unit inaugurated in the Public Prosecutor's Office in Guatemala

Guatemala, 22 August 2019. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean in Panama (UNODC ROPAN), through its office in Guatemala, in the framework of the project "Strengthening the capacity to prevent and combat cybercrime and Internet crimes against children in Central America", financed by Canada, inaugurated the Regional Technical Assistance Unit (TAU) of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DICRI) in Quetzaltenango.

Within the framework of this project, UNODC has created two (2) Regional Technical Assistance Units of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DICRI) in Petén and Quetzaltenango. Both units have been equipped with computer equipment, forensic tools and equipment, specialized software and training for the investigation of cybercrimes and crimes facilitated by technological means.
In order to improve execution, Unit personnel were trained in forensic computer law, digital evidence, forensic analysis techniques, digital profiling, sexual crimes and cyberpedophiles, IoT and Deep Web, cyberterrorism and cybersecurity, OSINT methods, and digital forensic reports and opinions, among others.

So far in 2019, 694 telephone evidence extractions and 147 video evidence extractions have been achieved. These significant data demonstrate the great work that both TAUs are doing for the Directorate of Criminal Investigations of the Public Prosecutor's Office and the great impact that the decentralization of criminal investigations has throughout the national territory.

Previously, the response time could oscillate around two (2) months, while now, the response time of the Quezaltenango TAU does not reach ten (10) days, which is why the location of said TAU has a significant strategic value. 

The TAU in Quetzaltenango has as vision to offer coverage to the nearest departments.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Her Excellency Mrs. Rita Rudaitis- Renaud, Canadian Ambassador to Guatemala and Mr. Jonathan De León, Director of the Direction of Criminal Investigations of the Public Ministry of Guatemala.