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The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) partnered with the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to host a comprehensive First Responder Computer Forensics Training from August 21 – 25, 2023 at the GPF Officer Training Center. Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), this initiative marks a pivotal advancement in equipping first responders with the specialised skills and knowledge needed to tackle cybercrime effectively.
In an age where digital evidence plays a critical role in criminal investigations, the First Responder Computer Forensics Training takes center stage. 22 participants learned the knowledge and tools to handle electronic evidence, secure digital crime scenes, and navigate the complex world of cyber investigations.
“Old crimes using new technology require modern solutions,” affirmed Matt Blackband, PADF Cybercrimes Expert. “By offering this cutting-edge training, we are empowering first responders to identify and preserve digital evidence, uphold the integrity of investigations, and contribute to safer communities.”
The programme equipped first responders with essential skills and knowledge in evidence preservation, crime scene management, and the use of modern forensic techniques. The training sessions were conducted by seasoned experts from both the United Kingdom and Portugal, fostering a dynamic learning environment that encourages knowledge exchange and practical skill development. Participants gained insight into best practices for evidence collection, documentation, and preservation, enabling them to uphold the integrity of crime scenes and contribute to successful criminal investigations.
The training curriculum covered a range of pivotal topics, including: 1. Digital Evidence Handling: Participants learned the proper techniques for collecting, preserving, and analyzing digital evidence, and ensuring its admissibility in court; 2. Cybercrime Investigations: The program delved into the methodologies used to trace cybercriminal activities, identify potential vulnerabilities, and respond to cyber incidents swiftly; 3. Forensic Tools and Techniques: Participants gained hands-on experience with forensic tools, and learning how to extract and interpret data from various digital devices; lastly, 4. Legal Considerations: The training provided insight into the legal aspects of digital evidence, ensuring that participants understood the importance of maintaining chain of custody and adhering to legal standards.
This initiative underscores the U.S. government and PADF’s commitment to supporting global efforts in combating cybercrime and strengthening law enforcement capabilities. As technology continues to evolve, so too must our response to digital threats. By providing first responders with the expertise to navigate the digital landscape, we contribute to a safer and more secure future for all.
The training was delivered under PADF’s INL-funded Regional Caribbean Police Professional and Modernisation Project. The goal of the project is to enhance Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) countries’ police academy educational and operational standards and practices, to enable law enforcement officers to address citizen security challenges and strengthen the relationship with the communities they serve.