The International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, is the department’s lead international police development agency. 

ICITAP-Algeria is delivering a multi-year, comprehensive development program designed to build the capacity of the Algeria National Gendarmerie and the General Directorate of National Security to fight terrorism and transnational crime. The overarching goal of this initiative is to promote regional cooperation in support of counterterrorism efforts throughout the Maghreb and Sahel regions of Northwest Africa.

This program is funded by the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT). ICITAP also works in partnership with the State Department’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense Office of Security Cooperation, and the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT) in the delivery of this program.

Program Activities

ICITAP’s assistance is focused on three strategic areas: (1) forensics; (2) criminal investigations; and (3) border security.


ICITAP provides assistance to the Algerian National Gendarmerie and General Directorate of National Security to achieve accreditation for their forensics laboratories under standards set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).  ICITAP is facilitating regional forensic cooperation between Algeria and its neighbors. Using an embedded advisor, ICITAP delivers numerous technical courses designed to help the forensic examiners become more proficient in their individual disciplines. Specific training areas include forensic anthropology, DNA, arson/fire scene processing, case assessment, vehicle accident reconstruction, ballistics/firearms examinations, clandestine lab identification & processing, blood stains/spatter, questioned documents, drug profiling, IEDs, post-blast processing, trace evidence, and ISO 17025/17020. ICITAP sponsors attendance at key U.S. and international forensic science conferences. In addition, internships and specialized forensic assistance is provided by select U.S. federal, state, and local police forensic laboratories.

Criminal Investigations

ICITAP provides assistance to the Algerian National Gendarmerie, the General Directorate of National Security, and the Customs Service to improve their investigative capacity in combating transnational organized crime, narcotics, and terrorism.  Training and expert guidance is provided in the use of sophisticated investigative techniques against criminal organizations to include the following: crime scene management, criminal intelligence analysis, cyber-crime investigations, explosive incident response, tactical responses, undercover operations, source development, kidnapping response, narcotics, criminal/terrorist financing, tactical & negotiation skills, leadership development & organizational change, and the management of complex transnational investigations. Algeria is best-positioned in North Africa to be a regional leader and international partner in many security-related areas.  ICITAP is focused on assisting in building their capacities and facilitating operational connections with USG law enforcement and security organizations.

Border Security

ICITAP’s goal is on improving the Algerian law enforcement capabilities to interdict and investigate a wide variety of crimes and terrorist activities occurring in the border region; to include trafficking in persons, illegal migration, and the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and other contraband. Regular meetings with the Algerian National Gendarmerie, the General Directorate of National Security, and Algerian Customs officials continue to identify immediate and emerging needs, which assist in the development and delivery of programming.  Study tours to the United States, subsequent to the training events, assist participants in learning from the U.S. experiences at the borders with Canada and Mexico.


     US Department of Justice/ICITAPhttps://www.justice.gov/criminal-icitap

     Gendarmerie National (GN)http://www.mdn.dz/site_cgn/index.php?L=fr

     General Directorate Security National (DGSN)http://www.dgsn.dz/