On April 3, 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Bangkok, Thailand accompanied an eleven (11) member delegation from the Kingdom of Thailand consisting of senior members of the Royal Thai Police (RTP) to HSI’s Cyber Crimes Center (C3) as well as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) National Targeting Center (NTC) with an emphasis on HSI’s capabilities through the NTC-Investigations (NTC-I).
During this visit, HSI International Operations Division Chief David Magdycz presented RTP General Tamasak Wicharaya a recognition award for his offices partnership with HSI in furtherance of crimes against children investigations as well as a recognition award to RTP Lt. General Suttipong Vongpint for his offices partnership in furtherance of HSI investigations in the region.
The purpose of this delegation was to share best practices utilized by both HSI and RTP to further collaboration and new initiatives between both offices. The delegation was exposed to HSI’s approach to investigations involving child exploitation, cybercrimes and computer forensics issues as well as HSI’s investigative capabilities through the NTC-I. Further background on C3 and the NTC-I are available below:
C3 was established in 1997 for the purpose of combating crimes committed on, or facilitated by, the Internet. C3 brings together highly technical assets dedicated to conducting trans-border criminal investigations of Internet-related crimes within the HSI portfolio of immigration and customs authorities. C3 is responsible for identifying and targeting any cybercrime activity in which HSI has jurisdiction.
The NTC-I was established in December 2013 by HSI, in collaboration with CBP, to enhance their shared border security mission. HSI's collaborative presence at the NTC supports the entire border security continuum, from CBP interdictions and HSI investigations, to the joint exploitation of intelligence. NTC-I serves as HSI's central targeting and coordination center and plays a critical role in promoting border security, public safety, and national security through the identification and investigation of TCOs and their attempts to undermine DHS's border security efforts.