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Department of Justice

The Department of Justice sponsors two programs aimed at improving Albania’s criminal justice and law enforcement sectors — the Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training Program (OPDAT) and the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP).

OPDAT’s central mission is to assist the Albanian Government to develop criminal justice and law enforcement structures, with particular emphasis on public corruption, organized crime and human trafficking.  OPDAT is involved in reviewing criminal-justice legislation; training judges, police and prosecutors; providing law-enforcement equipment; and providing technical assistance aimed at establishing more effective law enforcement structures.

Since 1998, ICITAP has assisted the Albanian Government to develop the capacity to provide professional law enforcement services based on best policing practices, respect for human rights and the rule of law.  ICITAP offers support to the Ministry of Interior and the Albanian State Police.  This assistance comprises projects in border management and anti-trafficking; combating organized crime; police accountability and human resource management; academy and training development; and information management systems, including TIMS (Total Information Management System). (Department of Justice)