Armenian Police Officers Welcomed at COPS Office in IACP Partnership Training Program

Armenian police officers visit COPS office. From left are Tigran Petrosyan, Armenian fellow; Director Bernard K. Melekian, COPS office; Dr. Rouben Adalian, director, Armenian National Institute; and Nellik Manandyan, Armenian fellow.

Armenian police officers visit the COPS office. From left are Tigran Petrosyan, Armenian fellow; Director Bernard K. Melekian, COPS office; Dr. Rouben Adalian, director, Armenian National Institute; and Nellik Manandyan, Armenian fellow. (Photograph by Heather Lawrie, COPS office)

By Lesley Milner, Guest Blogger; Project Coordinator, Center for Police Leadership and Training, IACP

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), through funding from the U.S. Department of State International Bureau of Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Office of Criminal Justice Assistance and Partnership, is in the midst of the pilot rotation of the International Police Education and Training Program (IPET).

This program is conducted in partnership with the Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department and American University in Washington, D.C.

The IACP and its partners have the pleasure of hosting two Armenian police officers who are in the United States to participate in research and practicum relating to a change project that they plan to implement when they return to Armenia. One of the elements of this project is community policing, and the fellows had the opportunity to visit the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office in Washington, D.C. This visit happened to coincide with the Armenian Recognition Day at the office, and the fellows met with COPS office Director Bernard K. Melekian, who was one of the speakers that day.

The experience was beneficial for all involved. The IACP thanks the COPS office, American University, and the International Bureau of Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs for helping to make it all possible.

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