Progetto I-Can

On 2 July 2020, the Italian Department of Public Security and the International Criminal Police Organization’s (INTERPOL) General Secretariat, signed the agreement on the Project I-CAN, which aims at strengthening international law enforcement cooperation in the fight against mafia crime and, specifically, at dismantling the global ramifications of the criminal threat posed by the ‘Ndrangheta.
A global threat, which needs a global response.
For this reason, the Public Security Department promoted and funded this ambitious project lasting 36 months, in which 11 countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, United States of America and Uruguay) at the forefront in the fight against ‘ndrangheta participate.
This initiative aims at developing a cooperation framework at multilateral level involving National Central Offices, special investigative units, prosecutors and law enforcement liaison officers.
Italy created a hub at the Central Directorate of Criminal Police, involving at strategic level high-ranking representatives of the Italian law enforcement agencies, the Antimafia Investigation Directorate and the Central Directorate for Anti-Drug Services, with the precious support of the National Anti-Mafia and Anti-Terrorism Directorate. At operational level, its interagency structure is able to communicate with all international police channels (Interpol, Europol and S.I.Re.N.E.) and have access to all national and international databases, liaising directly with the dedicated Central Offices fighting against organized crime as well as with I-CAN national units of partner countries.
Strategic objectives:

  • to set up a network (I-CAN) as an effective instrument of significant and concrete cooperation at operational level;
  • to raise the awareness on the dangerousness of the ‘ndrangheta and its less known specifities;
  • to strengthen multilateral information exchange also through the use of the most advanced analysis tools;
  • to organize and coordinate international operations aimed at detecting, seizing and confiscating the financial and economic assets pertaining to the ‘ndrangheta; locating, arresting its dangerous fugitives all over the world; identifying the new trends of infiltration in the legal economy.
    At analytical and operational levels, the DIA supports the Project I-CAN, developing a rapid and effective exchange of information and skills, encouraging all the activities aimed at locating fugitives and attacking illicitly gained assets.