For the past three years, the U.S. Department of State has made a sustained effort to recruit state and local law enforcement, corrections officials, prosecutors, and judges to participate in our criminal justice assistance programs abroad. Through trainings and exchanges, our partners are helping foreign law enforcement personnel undermine criminal networks where they develop and helping reduce criminal threats both in the United States and in our partner nations.
- The Department of State has forged partnerships with more than 50 federal, state and local criminal justice agencies in 25 states over the past three years. The program is managed by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
- Establishing linkages between U.S. domestic law enforcement agencies and their international counterparts addresses the need for greater cross-border cooperation to counter the increasingly global and complex and global nature of criminal threats such as money-laundering, transnational organized crime, and terrorism.
- Programs to train and mentor foreign criminal justice personnel are key U.S. Department of State foreign assistance priorities. A goal of these programs is to improve the ability of other nations to become effective global partners in combating crime, thereby reducing crime within U.S. borders as well as abroad.
- Since 2010, with funding provided by the Department of State, dozens of U.S. local and state police officers from six states have deployed to seven countries.
- Among the program participants is the New York Police Department (NYPD), which has supported 12 deployments to Haiti over the past three years. Sixty-eight Creole-speaking NYPD officers have rotated through Haiti to train and mentor their Haitian counterparts on community policing, police patrol operations, and investigations. The NYPD deploys six active-duty Creole-speaking police officers every four months to serve on 90 to 120-day rotations in various Haitian cities.
- State and local partnerships are mutually beneficial. The Department of State benefits by tapping into the unique skill sets, knowledge and expertise of active serving police officers, corrections officers, and legal professionals. State and local partners expand their ties to countries with which their communities have links, develop new skill sets, and represent their country. Host country counterparts benefit from working with active-serving U.S. counterparts and learning their proven law enforcement methods. Most importantly, these partnerships create people-to-people connections and foster lasting relationships between U.S. law enforcement and criminal justice sector actors and their counterparts in nations receiving U.S. assistance and training.
For further information, please contact INL-PAPD@state.gov.