In 2010, the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) undertook new efforts to engage with state, county, and municipal law enforcement and corrections organizations. INL has had the honor of collaborating with several law enforcement organizations from the United States, including the New York Police Department, the Chicago Police Department, the Colorado Department of Corrections, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Additionally, we have increased our outreach by connecting with various law enforcement professional associations, such as the International Association of Women Police.
In August, our New York Police Department partners sent six of their Haitian-American officers to Haiti for a 90-day deployment in an effort to help rebuild in the wake of January’s devastating earthquake. These officers mentored, trained, and advised the Haitian National Police Force, and will continue to partner with them through 2011.
Among our upcoming efforts to build new partnerships for 2011, senior INL officials will be meeting today with the Chief of Police from the Richmond Police Department. The hope for this meeting is to gain a mutually beneficial partnership that will support our overseas programs. Our partnerships seek to provide much needed assistance to foreign law enforcement and corrections organizations, while adding to the skill sets and experiences of our own domestic partners.
Thanks to our corrections partnerships, INL has successfully certified over 200 U.S. corrections instructors. These train-the-trainer programs allow corrections officers around the world to train officers in their own countries. Benefits extend beyond their borders. These instructors have gone on to assist other countries, including El Salvador and Brazil, in improving their law enforcement and corrections systems. As we look to 2011, we are eager to continue working with our police and corrections partners, and through our joint efforts, assist countries from across the globe in strengthening their justice systems.