Corrections officials from the Republic of Armenia began a three-week training program with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WIDOC) facilities in Madison and Oshkosh on April 27. The Armenian officials are examining methods of classifying inmates more efficiently based on behavior, risk, and other factors. Officials will also attend workshops on security, emergency response, and community alternatives to incarceration. The Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections collaborated on the curriculum and logistics for this training.
INL and WIDOC signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2011 to provide training for international corrections and prisons personnel. WIDOC is one of more than 50 U.S. state and local agency partners from communities around the United States who help foreign law enforcement and justice officials enhance their civilian security and justice sector capacity. Through these agreements, U.S. partners develop networks of contacts with foreign counterparts that assist them in stemming the tide of illicit drugs and transnational crime that are entering their own communities. Making international law enforcement connections on drug-related and gang-related issues has a long-term impact on cross-border, state-level, and community security. This is the first international training provided by WIDOC under the terms of the MOU and cooperative agreement with INL.
The training graduation ceremony in Madison will be open to the press on May 15th. For further information on the exchange or to attend the graduation ceremony, please contact INL public affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org. To receive updates on INL activities, follow the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs on Twitter @INLbureau and Facebook at www.facebook.com/StateINL.