On Tuesday, March 15, 2011, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William R. Brownfield began a three-day trip to Iraq to meet with senior Iraqi and U.S. government officials and review preparations for the U.S. transition from military to civilian criminal justice assistance programs later this year. During this trip, his first to Iraq, Assistant Secretary Brownfield will visit several key sites throughout the country.
The U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the Government of Iraq, will assume full responsibility for police development training on October 1, 2011, as the U.S. reduces its military presence in Iraq. The civilian program, which will be managed by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, will build upon the work of the Department of Defense training the Iraqi police, and will assist the Iraqi Ministry of Interior in enhancing the professionalism of Iraqi police, developing greater capacity and advanced management of its Ministry, and advising on leadership, management and technical skills. The police development program will help to maintain Iraq’s internal security and support the rule of law.
The U.S. will also expand its other criminal justice programs focusing on court administration, judicial capacity building, public integrity, judicial security, and corrections management, as well as drug demand reduction.