Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program

Canada’s anti-crime efforts in Central America are largely conducted through the Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCPB) managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. This program provides funding for projects that increase local capacities in the Americas to address illicit trafficking of goods and people, money laundering and the proceeds of crime, security system reform and crime prevention. The bulk of the assistance, which focuses on security sector reform and border management, is delivered via institutional partners such as the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Organization of American States (OAS), and INTERPOL, in addition to direct, country-specific bilateral assistance provided by Canadian government departments and non-governmental organizations.

ACCBP Regional Projects including Guatemala

Improving Access to Civil Justice in Latin America

Announced: April 11, 2015, Panama City
Implementing Partner: Justice Studies Center of the Americas
Cost: $8.3 million
Timeframe: 2015-2018

This project is aimed at increasing access for women and men in Latin America to equitable and efficient civil justice that respects the rights of those involved in legal proceedings. The project will support a regional approach to civil justice reform and seek to facilitate more transparent and predictable legal frameworks and procedures for dispute resolution.

Improved Effectiveness of Parliaments in Latin America and the Caribbean

Announced: April 11, 2015, Panama City
Implementing Partner: ParlAmericas
Cost: $8 million
Timeframe: 2015-2019

The project will help ParlAmericas to strengthen the capacity of parliamentarians in the Caribbean and Latin America to carry out their functions more effectively and contribute to policymaking related to issues of national and regional significance.

Anti-Money Laundering Initiatives

Announced: April 11, 2015, Panama City
Implementing Partners: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Organization of American States Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission, International Monetary Fund
Cost: $1.77 million
Timeframe: 2015-2017

The three projects will support legitimate economies by increasing governments’ capacity to limit the smuggling of cash and goods into and through their respective jurisdictions, and convene training sessions aimed at ensuring the consistent application of anti-money laundering practices.

Anti-Drug Trafficking Initiatives

Announced: April 11, 2015, Panama City
Implementing Partners: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, World Customs Organization, Organization of American States Inter-American Committee against Terrorism
Cost: up to $7.85 million
Timeframe: 2015-2019

The three projects will increase governments’ capacity for marine interdiction and port control, including screening and inspection, and provide training in port security and emergency management.

Combatting Gangs and Criminality in Central America and the Caribbean

Announced: April 11, 2015, Panama City
Implementing Partners: Justice Education Society, United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, INTERPOL, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Cost: up to $10.77 million
Timeframe: 2015-2018

The eight projects will provide specialized equipment, training and coaching to police, prosecutors, judges, technicians and analysts in several countries, including increasing capacity for compiling ballistics evidence, improving cyber infrastructure and cybercrime enforcement capacity, and strengthening community crime prevention.

Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Security Initiatives

Announced: April 11, 2015, Panama City
Implementing Partners: United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, US Department of State (Export Control and Border Security Program), Canadian Commercial Corporation, International Atomic Energy Agency
Cost: up to $14.5 million
Timeframe: 2015-2018

The four projects will help prevent the proliferation and illicit trafficking of weapons of mass destruction, and related chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN ) materials. Resources will be allocated toward providing equipment, training supplies and technical expertise to support sustainable and effective CBRN prevention, detection and response capabilities and to secure and dispose of disused radiological materials.

Mexican Border Management and Crime Prevention

Implementing Partners: Organization of American States Inter-American Committee against Terrorism
Cost: up to $3.82 million
Timeframe: 2015-2018

The two projects will increase the capacity of beneficiary states to deal with criminal threats to maritime ports and increase security in the tourism industry in regions popular with North American tourists.

Central America and Caribbean Border and Human Trafficking

Implementing Partners: International Bureau for Children’s Rights, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, INTERPOL
Cost: up to $5 million
Timeframe: 2015-2018

Special Investigative Methods Project

Announced:  23 June 2011 in Guatemala City, Guatemala 
Implementing Partner: Justice Education Society
Cost: $1.4 million

The Special Investigative Methods Project aims to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement agencies in three Central American countries through the provision of equipment and training on investigative methods — such as surveillance, wiretaps and forensic video analysis — which are critical in the fight against sophisticated criminal networks.

Building an Effective Model for Criminal Investigation in Guatemala

Announced:  23 June 2011 in Guatemala City, Guatemala 
Implementing Partner: Justice Education Society
Cost: $1.19 million

This project seeks to strengthen the capacities of the security system in Guatemala by coaching prosecutors and police in major case management. A model of prosecutor and police collaboration will be developed and implemented in Guatemala City and Quetzaltenango.

Specialised Equipment to Support Law Enforcement in Central America

Announced:  15 April 2012 in Cartagena, Colombia
Implementing Partner: Canadian Commercial Corporation
Funding announced: $3,160,500
Timeframe: March 2012-June 2012

This project supports an ongoing Canadian-funded project in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala that aims to develop advanced technical capabilities to strengthen their criminal justice systems. Training is being provided on Special Methods of Investigation through specialised equipment to police and investigation units, including advanced wiretapping, ballistic forensics, surveillance, and intelligence analysis capabilities. 

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on technical security cooperation between Canada and Colombia

Announced:  15 April 2012 in Cartagena, Colombia 
Cost: $1,000,000
Timeframe: April 2012-March 2014

Announced on April 13, 2012, Canada and Colombia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on technical security cooperation that will facilitate our work together as partners to help strengthen law enforcement systems in Honduras and Guatemala.

Institutional Capacity Building for Crime Prevention Through the Central American Integration System Observatory and Index on Democratic Security

Announced: 5 June 2012 in Cochabamba, Bolivia 
Implementing partner: Centre for International Studies and Cooperation
Funding announced: $1,491,293
Timeframe: February 2012 to December 2014

This project will support specialized training for authorities from Central American Integration System (SICA) member states in methods of collecting, analyzing and disseminating crime data; implementing regional assessment tools; and developing expertise in investigating security incidents, crime and violence. This will result in increased institutional capacity for crime prevention in Central America by building upon and strengthening the capacity of SICA member states and civil society organizations to produce, utilize and disseminate strategic information on regional security, crime and violence prevention. Regional stakeholders will participate in coordination and training activities to facilitate in-depth crime analysis and develop regional crime-prevention strategies.

Specialized OAS Capacity Building Project on Border Controls

Announced: 5 June 2012 in Cochabamba, Bolivia 
Implementing partner: Organization of American States
Funding announced: $612,022
Timeframe: April 2011 to March 2013

Through this project, the OAS is delivering training in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Saint Lucia and The Bahamas on border controls for officials responsible for detecting, preventing and combatting criminal activity involving the airports, seaports and land border points of entry. The project aims to provide the participating border control officers with the knowledge and skills required to more effectively combat drug, human and other forms of illicit trafficking; to improve their control over the movement of people and goods through their countries’ airports, seaports and land border crossings; and to more effectively coordinate with each other, other law enforcement entities and prosecutors.