Libyan Officers Scope Out Cyber Terrorist
January 24, 2020
Training on the use of the Internet to
assist in counter-terrorism investigations
With abuse of the Internet and social media channels
by terrorist organizations a growing concern for police, INTERPOL
has conducted a training course for Libyan law enforcement officers
on how best to exploit the Internet and specific social media sites
in counter-terrorism investigations.
Held in Tunisia from 20 to 24 January, the course was
attended by 20 law enforcement professionals from the Criminal
Investigation Department (CID) and General Investigation Department
(GID) in Tripoli, Libya.
Terrorists use the Internet and social media channels
for radicalization, recruitment, funding, planning and execution of
terror activities, making it vital for law enforcement to collect,
analyse and share data gathered from online sources.
The course provided participants with recommendations
on how to employ intelligence techniques to leverage online
resources in compliance with human rights, the Libyan data
protection mechanism, and international privacy and data protection
Focused on boosting the operational and analytical
skills of Libyan law enforcement officers, the course is part of
ongoing cooperation between INTERPOL and Libya in this domain, which
includes the provision of technical equipment.
At least three of the best-performing participants
will be selected for further training and to take on additional
responsibilities, in order to fully embed these investigation
techniques into Libya’s counter-terrorism activities.
Supporting the implementation of INTERPOL’s Global
Counter-terrorism Strategy, this initiative was funded by the
Canadian Government (Global Affairs Canada) and attended by a
representative from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.