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Fact Sheet
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
December 6, 2011


Funding FY 2005-2011:

  • FY 2005 - $0
  • FY 2006 - $1,485,000 (INCLE*)
  • FY 2007 - $0
  • FY 2008 - $22,100 (INCLE*)
  • FY 2009 - $20,000 (INCLE*)
  • FY 2010 - $800,000 (INCLE*) + $5,500,000 (1207**) = $6,300,000
  • FY 2011 - $660,000 (INCLE*)

*INCLE: International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Funds
**1207: Section 1207 of the National Defense Authorization Act

Program Goals:

The objective of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) program in Timor-Leste is to assist the Government of Timor-Leste to develop capacity within its criminal justice sector institutions, including, among others, the Office of the Prosecutor General and the Timor-Leste National Police (PNTL).

Program Components/Accomplishments:

  • Law Enforcement: In a joint project with Australia, INL worked with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to provide computer-based training (CBT) programs through the PNTL academy, with modules for basic skills and knowledge on issues such as drug trafficking, terrorism, cross border organized crime, money laundering and trafficking in persons. The program successfully developed and installed a CBT center at the PNTL academy that can accommodate additional computer-based training.
  • Justice Sector: INL funds a Department of Justice, Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT) Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) who resides at the U.S. Embassy in Dili. The RLA works with the Prosecutor General’s Office and other Government of Timor-Leste actors to improve coordination between police and prosecutors to develop cases that are based on evidence and are likely to lead to convictions. The justice sector program also includes efforts to reform the statutory code on evidence and witness protection.
  • Reconstruction and Stabilization: The new 1207 project will focus on building the capacity of the security sector. This will include joint investigative skills trainings for police and prosecutors, implemented in cooperation with the Australian Timor-Leste Police Development Program. The project will also provide logistical capacity-building assistance to the PNTL and technical assistance and training to the marine and border police units to develop basic sustainable expertise.
  • Counternarcotics: INL is funding DEA to work with the PNTL’s narcotics officers to give them basic investigative training and equipment.

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