Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) William R. Brownfield signed a new partnership agreement with Denver District Attorney Mitchell Morrissey on November 13, 2013. The agreement will further collaboration between the Department of State and Denver to help foreign partners improve their criminal justice systems and develop the rule of law.
In the build-up to this agreement, the Department of State’s INL Bureau partnered with the Denver District Attorney’s Office on forensics training in Costa Rica in late October 2013. DA Morrissey served as a trainer on how to use forensic evidence in criminal proceedings for a four-day program that benefitted Costa Rican judges, defense attorneys, and prosecutors.
The Denver District Attorney is the first district attorney office to partner with INL. This agency joins an elite program of more than 60 state and local police, corrections, and justice agencies from across the United States with specialized expertise and an interest in developing relationships with foreign counterparts. Each state, municipal, or local partner receives training from the Department of State prior to conducting training or providing other assistance to partner nations.
These partnerships endow the Department of State’s foreign assistance programs with the knowledge and skills of many of the best and brightest U.S. criminal justice experts who can provide training, advice, and mentoring to foreign counterparts. State and local partners are able to build new relationships with international counterparts and develop new skill sets.
Contact INL-PAPD@state.gov for more information. You can follow the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs on Twitter @INLbureau and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/StateINL.