Twenty-two (22) Philippine National Police (PNP) officers have completed the International Task Force Agent Training hosted by United States Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, Georgia.
The training transpired from January 16 to February 2.
The 22 Filipino police officers are part of the newly formed Philippine Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit (TCIU). The Philippines is the first Asian country to host a TCIU, the US Embassy in Manila said.
The US Embassy said HSI and FLETC instructors led rigorous sessions for the Philippine TCIU members on entry and defensive tactics, investigative techniques, interviews and interrogations, evidence collection, surveillance, and undercover operations.
“TCIU Philippines will first focus on those who travel to the Philippines to exploit children,” said US HSI Attaché Ransom Avilla.
“The TCIU officers came from different fields of expertise within the PNP and grew as one during this training. Together, the TCIU will fight crime to give justice to victims of abuse,” said PNP Team Leader Major Jeorge Francis Rodrin.