This week U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William R. Brownfield, during his first trip to Iraq, met with senior Iraqi and U.S. government officials in Baghdad, Basrah, and Erbil, and reviewed preparations for the U.S. transition from military to civilian criminal justice assistance programs later this year.
Assistant Secretary Brownfield toured police and judicial facilities, including the Baghdad Police College, and met with a wide range of U.S. and Iraqi officials, including Council of Representatives Speaker Osama Al-Nujaifi, Iraqi Senior Deputy Minister of the Interior Adnan Al-Asadi, Minister of Justice Hussein al-Shammari, Chief Justice Medhat al Mahmoud, and Kurdish Regional Government Minister of Interior Karim Sinjari, and U.S. Ambassador James Jeffrey.
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 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.