Through the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is funding a four week international exchange program for law enforcement officers from Central America. Coordinated through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Gang Task Force, the Central American Law Enforcement Exchange (CALEE) program is designed to build the capacity of Central American law enforcement agencies by enhancing the sharing of information and intelligence among the international and domestic law enforcement community. Additionally, CALEE provides U.S. and Central American law enforcement personnel with the opportunity to share best practices in gang investigations and enforcement. Law enforcement officials from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Belize are participating in the program.
Each week of CALEE takes place in a different geographical region in order to allow the participants to gain an appreciation of multiple law enforcement/prosecutorial techniques. The current CALEE will take place in the following locations (sponsoring agencies in parentheses):
Training highlights for CALEE include:
The first CALEE was conducted in 2007. To date, CALEE has trained 114 participants. This effort is part of CARSI, a comprehensive and integrated approach by the U.S. government to support the nations of Central America to improve citizen security. Since 2008, the United States has committed more than $361 million through CARSI to disrupt criminal networks, build investigative and prosecutorial capacity, implement violence prevention programs for vulnerable communities and at risk youth, and enhance respect for human rights and the rule of law. At the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena this past weekend, President Obama announced that the United States will allocate an additional $130 million in Fiscal Year 2012 funding towards Central America through CARSI. For more information, visit http://www.state.gov/p/wha/rt/carsi/index.htm