Investigations Initiative

The Investigations Initiative is building the capacity of investigators and law enforcement practitioners to gather and develop intelligence and evidence in both the physical and digital/cyber domains against current and potential terrorist threats. The Initiative supports implementation and operationalisation of the GCTF’s Recommendations for Using and Protecting Intelligence Information In Rule of Law-Based, Criminal Justice Sector-Led Investigations and Prosecutions, and other good practices and frameworks.

Intelligence-led investigations ensure focused and proportionate responses to terrorist threats and encourage the appropriate sharing of relevant information. As terrorist strategies, capabilities and tactics evolve, it is vital that law enforcement’s strategies, capabilities and tactics in gathering and developing intelligence produce best evidence and present such evidence to deliver fair and successful prosecutions and convictions.

With support from the

Government of the United Kingdom
Government of Australia
Government of Spain

Inteligence-Led, Evidence-Driven Counter-Terrorism Investigations

The IIJ’s partnership with Cameroon under the IIJ Investigations Initiative has delivered significant and sustainable impact. Operationally, Cameroon has established a multi-agency Joint Investigation Unit and the Head of the Gendarmerie Training Academy reported that the lessons learned during the IIJ workshops have been introduced into the training curriculum for all new officers.

Moreover, each agency group involved in the IIJ project have outlined their next steps for improving their approach to intelligence-led, evidence-driven counter-terrorism investigations in accordance with internationally-recognised good practices and recommendations. This ensures not only continued momentum and attention on this crucial area, but supports the sustainability of the training. Inspiring!

Investigations In Action

IIJ Investigations Initiative: Multi-Agency ‘Intelligence-led, Evidence-driven’ Counter-Terrorism Investigation Capacity-Building in Somaliland – Skills Training and Practical Exercise Phase

In February 2021, the IIJ convened the first phase of its Multi-Agency Intelligence-Led, Evidence-Driven Counter-Terrorism Investigation Capacity-Building programme in Somaliland under the auspices of the IIJ Investigations Initiative. This ten-day module brought together 41 practitioners from different agencies, including the...

IIJ Investigations Initiative: Final Phase – Multi-Agency ‘Intelligence-Led, Evidence Driven’ Counter-Terrorism Investigation Capacity Building, Cameroon

In November 2020, the IIJ convened the final phase of its IIJ Investigations Initiative: Multi-agency ‘Intelligence-led, Evidence-driven’ Counter-Terrorism Investigation capacity-building programme. Generously supported by the United Kingdom’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, this phase engaged practitioners in a debriefing exercise...

IIJ Investigations Initiative: Scoping Meeting – IIJ Guide on Obtaining Information and Evidence Through Interviewing

In November 2020, the  IIJ convened a Scoping Meeting under the auspices of the IIJ Investigations Initiative with international subject-matter experts from Kenya, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United States to assess the need for a practitioner guide on...

IIJ Investigations Initiative: Phase V – Trinidad & Tobago Counter-Terrorism Investigation Project

In March 2020, the IIJ delivered the fifth phase of a bespoke Trinidad & Tobago Counter-Terrorism Investigation project under the IIJ Investigations Initiative. Generously supported by the British High Commission, this phase concentrated on capacity-building for judicial and prosecutorial authorities, building on earlier...

Practitioner Tools & Resources

Recommendations for Using and Protecting Intelligence Information In Rule of Law-Based, Criminal Justice Sector-Led Investigations and Prosecutions

Rabat Memorandum on Good Practices for Effective Counterterrorism Practice in the Criminal Justice Sector

Abuja Recommendations on the Collection, Use and Sharing of Evidence for Purposes of Criminal Prosecution of Terrorist Suspects

UN Security Council Resolution 2322