It seems that the Philippine National Police has gotten a bit of help in countering cybercrime in the Philippines. A batch of 12 investigators took part in an audio-video consultation against cybercrime in General Santos City, which was sponsored by the US Embassy.
The event was organized under the US Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) Program which took place from July 23 to August 3. Investigators included in the program were from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, which included officers from the PNP headquarters in QC, Region 7 (Central Visayas), Region 9 (Zamboanga), Region 11 (Davao), and Region 12 (South Cotabato-Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani-General Santos).
The consultation helped train the investigators deal with various analog and digital evidence. Included in the consultation were lectures and extensive hands-on exercises. At the end of the consultation, ATA Program Manager Ed Schlachter turned over the software and equipment used over to CIDG Anti-Transnational and Cyber Crimes Chief Senior Superintendent Gilbert Sosa.
The US ATA program aims to train civilian security and law enforcement in selected countries valuable information about police antiterrorism procedures.