INL works with international counterparts to meet reform goals at the national, regional, and local levels including in their law enforcement organizations. INL police advisors deploy globally to conduct a wide range of law enforcement development activities including assessing host nation capabilities, coordinating educational study visits by foreign police officials, and assisting in program design.
Law enforcement support programs are tailored to the specific environment, legal framework, and identified requirements of each host government with which INL collaborates. INL also works closely with the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and other federal agencies, as well as U.S. state and municipal law enforcement organizations, international organizations, and civil society to implement these programs.
Highlights of INL’s law enforcement programs include:
Promoting the participation of women in law enforcement: INL supports expanding opportunities for female law enforcement officers and incorporating gender and status of women issues in INL law enforcement foreign assistance programs. INL encourages gender equality and works to support an increase in the number of women deployed to UN missions, recognizing that female mentors and advisors provide important skill sets critical to overall foreign law enforcement development and reform efforts.
- In Lebanon, INL was instrumental in helping the Internal Security Forces (ISF) increase the number of female officers from two to 610 following the completion of a U.S.-instructed six-month ISF basic cadet course for women in August 2012. The course taught policing principles and concepts to familiarize new cadets with civilian policing and their role in the entire police force. INL also worked day-to-day with the key leaders in the ISF to assist with the development of mechanisms to recruit and retain women. As a result, the ISF was able to effectively reach out to the local community to attract candidates, and worked internally to educate employees on how to avoid and respond to harassment, discrimination and other negative responses.
State and Local Partnerships: INL has established relationships with U.S. state and local law enforcement agencies that leverage their expertise in support of the Department of State’s foreign assistance goals. Through these partnerships American active duty law enforcement officers serve on short assignments abroad to assess, mentor, advise, and/or train host country counterparts. These partnerships are mutually beneficial: INL benefits from the knowledge and expertise of active-serving police officers, while state and local partners expand their ties with countries of interest to their communities.
- The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has collaborated with the Department of State to support INL programs in Ukraine. CHP officers conducted training and mentoring by providing specialized skill development and expertise in basic tactical patrol for Ukrainian trainers in the newly established Ukrainian Patrol Police. This force replaced a corrupt traffic police force that was disbanded following the Maidan Revolution in 2014. These deployments assisted Ukraine in establishing the rule of law, combating corruption, and strengthening citizen security.
The International Police Education and Training Program (IPET): IPET is an example of a law enforcement exchange initiative developed by INL in cooperation with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The IPET program is designed to increase the capabilities of foreign police officials and police organizations and encourage mutually beneficial relations between U.S. state and municipal law enforcement and their counterparts abroad. It offers classroom study, police-to-police exchanges, and mentoring opportunities between law enforcement officers, subject matter experts, and academic institutions.
- In Morocco, through a Cooperative Agreement with the IACP and its subsidiary partners – Pennsylvania State University and the Fairfax County (VA) Police Department – INL worked with the Moroccan Directorate General of National Security (DGSN) on developing and implementing policies and procedures to meet international standards for the collection, preservation, storage, and disposal of criminal evidence. The procedures to help ensure the integrity of evidence and its subsequent admissibility in court proceedings have been piloted in Rabat and Casablanca, where the DGSN has built evidence preservation rooms.