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International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) Program

Fact Sheet
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
May 15, 2013


The ILEA program is a groundbreaking interagency initiative to build regional partnerships and capacity to address transnational criminal activity and promote competence and integrity in civilian police units.

The five ILEAs around the world provide high-quality training and technical assistance, support institution building, and improve enforcement capabilities. They also foster relationships between U.S. law enforcement agencies, who provide instruction and leadership at the academies, and their counterparts in each region.

Since 1995, over 40,000 participants from more than 75 countries have participated in training and other events through the ILEAs. Currently, approximately 4,500 students per year train at the five regional academies. Each ILEA training session brings together mid-level law enforcement practitioners from several countries within their respective regions, encouraging strong partnerships within geographic regions to address criminal activity that extends across borders.

ILEA Budapest, Hungary: Serves Central Eastern Europe and Central Asia

ILEA Bangkok, Thailand: Serves Southeast Asia and China, including Hong Kong and Macau.

ILEA Gaborone, Botswana: Serves South, East, Central, and West Africa.

ILEA San Salvador, El Salvador: Serves Central and South America and the Caribbean; an associated Regional Training Center in Lima, Peru, serves Andean and Southern Cone regions of South America.

ILEA Roswell, New Mexico: Serves students from around the world.


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