By Lesley Milner, Project Coordinator, International Police Education and Training Program, IACP; and Guest Blogger
In May of this year, IACP highlighted its new International Police Education and Training Program (IPET), 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. IPET aims to
- increase the capabilities of international senior police officials and police organizations;
- encourage effective and mutually beneficial relations between U.S. and international police organizations; and
- provide current and future international police leaders with broad theoretical and practical exposure to state-of-the-art policing concepts, practices, technology, and trends.
In addition, the program facilitates the development of professional and personal relationships among international and U.S. police officers to assist in the exchange of information.
During the pilot program, participants have the opportunity to work alongside U.S. officers from the Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department as well as academics from American University in Washington, D.C. and subject matter experts from IACP. Participants also observe the interaction of police personnel with the community. In the previous post, the IPET fellows’ visit to U.S. Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office was highlighted. If you would like a more in-depth overview of the program, please see this month’s Police Chief magazine.