It is rare that international police officers have an opportunity to interact with other international officers outside of conferences and forums, but officers from Tunisia, Iraq, and Ireland had the chance to do just that in Washington, DC and Boston last month.
In May of this year, the IACP hosted a delegation of five Iraqi officers for its fourteenth rotation of the Iraqi Police Education Program (IPEP) and four colonels from Tunisia through the International Police Education and Training (IPET) program.
While in Washington D.C., the Iraqi and Tunisian delegates had the opportunity to meet one another as well as representatives from federal and local law enforcement agencies at IACP headquarters. During this meeting, they had the opportunity to discuss their training objectives in the U.S. and what they hoped to achieve while here.
The IPEP and IPET delegations then traveled to Boston to receive training for their respective programs from IACP instructors, Northeastern University, and the Boston Police department, the IACP’s host agency partner. There, they were able to interact with the officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland and An Garda Síochána, also visitors to the Boston Police Department. During their stay in Boston, the Iraqi and Irish delegates were able to train together in crime scene and also attended courses in leadership development based on the IACP’s Leadership in Police Organizations℠ program. They also used this opportunity to engage in in-depth discussions with the Boston Police Department Command Staff. Additionally, outside of training, the Tunisians, Iraqis, and Irish were able to share cultural activities at Fenway Park and with the Boston Harbor patrol.
Many thanks to the Boston PD and IACP fellows and instructors for providing the opportunity for these delegates to have such meaningful interactions and forge new bonds with fellow police officers from across the globe!
Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State International Bureau of Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Office of Criminal Justice Assistance and Partnership, the International Police Education and Training program (IPET) aims to help increase the capabilities of foreign senior police officials and police organizations. The project’s intended goal is to train two to four international police officers (fellows) in the United States for a period of 6-8 weeks. As a part of this training, the fellows develop change proposals for their home agency which they begin to implement upon their return. The IACP also sends U.S. officers from the partner agency abroad to mentor the fellows in their home country and assist them in implementing the change plans on which they worked while in the U.S. For this iteration of the IPET program, the Tunisians partnered with the Boston Police Department and Northeastern University. For more information on the IPET program, please contact Lesley Milner at firstname.lastname@example.org or Faisal Ansari at email@example.com.
Established by the IACP and the U.S. Department of State International Bureau of Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, in October 2010, the Iraqi Police Education Program (IPEP) is a collaborative international program working to develop the leadership capabilities of senior Iraqi and Kurdish police officers. Working with various federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies across the U.S., this program stresses training in critical incident command, community policing, crime scene management and leadership development using IACP’s Leadership in Police Organizations℠ over the course of 3 weeks. For the fourteenth rotation, the Iraqi officers trained alongside the Boston Police Department and Maine State Police in Augusta, ME. For more information on the IPEP program, please contact Faisal Ansari at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kay Martinez at email@example.com.