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UNODC Enhances El Salvador Capabilities to Investigate Cybercrime

On November 30, UNODC delivered to El Salvador National Civil Police (PNC) two licenses of the forensic software Magnet AXIOM Complete. With this donation, UNODC ensure the strengthening of PNC capabilities to search, examine and share digital evidence stored on computers, smartphones and tablets.

El Salvador law enforcement institutions face different challenges to effectively persecute cybercrime, as well as to obtain and examine digital forensic evidence. In this context, computers, smartphones and tablets are widely used devices, nationwide, to commit many types of crime, for this reason, retrieving digital evidenced stored on these devices is a critical aspect for investigating and sanctioning computer-related crime.

These licenses will be distributed between the PNC Cybercrime Unit and the Section of Technologic Crimes of the Division of Technical and Scientific Police. The Cybercrime Unit is the police unit specialized on investigating cybercrime with a national jurisdiction; the Division of Technical and Scientific Police, is the PNC entity in charge of performing forensic examination, of several types of evidence, in an objective, scientific and reliable manner.

This donation was possible thanks to the financial resources provided by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the Embassy of the United States in El Salvador, under the project "Strengthening of the capacities of El Salvador National Police to effectively identify and investigate cybercrime cases", implemented by UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime.