By EDITH REGALADO
The Philippine Star
DAVAO CITY - The United States is helping enhance the capabilities of
policemen in Southern Mindanao in the fight against cyber-terrorism,
which has been widely used by terrorists in their operations.
Chief Superintendent Andres Caro II, Southern Mindanao regional police
director, said the US State Departments Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA)
program has jointly developed with the Anti-Terrorism Office of the
Philippine Public Safety College a training course for local policemen
that would improve their skills in resolving incidents related to acts
Since its inception in 1983, the US State Departments ATA program has
reportedly trained over 50,000 foreign police and security forces from
over 141 countries to combat, deter and solve terrorist crimes in their
Caro told The STAR that at least 40 police officers from the different
city and provincial police units in Southern Mindanao are completing
tomorrow their five-day training course under the ATA program.
The course gave the police officers an overview of the process of
securing a terrorism-related crime scene that may involve the seizure of
electronic or digital evidence.
Caro said the "cyber crime incident response course" is relevant since
terrorist groups have gone online to communicate with each other, spread
propaganda, recruit new members, secure financial support, and issue
Edward Schlachter, manager of the US Embassys ATA program, said the
training puts an emphasis on proper evidence collection techniques and
other basic investigative and documentation activities, including
properly shutting down systems and identifying the many types of media
that may contain evidence.
"The training and skills you will gain here will help you follow proper
evidence procedures to ensure that criminals who utilize computers and
digital devices are prosecuted to the full extent of the law,"
Schlachter told the over 40 participants in the five-day cyber crime
incident response course.
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