High-ranking Israeli police study U.S. law enforcement techniques

Israeli police studying U.S. law enforcement techniques to visit here

ATLANTA The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) at Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Police Studies is hosting 16 high-ranking Israeli police officials to participate in an intensive two weeks of public safety training in the state of Georgia. Among the organizations participating in this event will be the Covington Police Department.

The visiting officers are members of the 16th GILEE delegation from Israel to receive training from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies inall aspects of American policing. In particular, the delegation is focused on "public service" by learning from the American experience how to improve service to Israel's citizens.

During the two-week program, the delegation will be briefed on U.S. law enforcement by Richard Terrill, professor emeritus at Georgia State University, and will visit numerous agencies such as the U.S. Attorney's Office - Northern Georgia District, the U.S. Secret Service, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Department of Public Safety, and the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. In addition to the CPD, they will also visit the Atlanta Police, Columbus Police, Garden City Police, Monroe Police, Rome Police, Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police, Stone Mountain Park Police,,and sheriffs of Gordon, Muscogee, Rockdale and Worth counties, as well as a number of other agencies and organizations.

Robbie Friedmann, founding director of GILEE, notes that in his 20 years of advancing the practice of public safety through GILEE, the need for collaborative training has never been greater.

"Given the increased threats of international terrorism and economic stress it behooves law enforcement agencies to learn best practices from each other to enhance public safety and improve professional service to their respective citizens." he said.

During its 20-year history, GILEE has coordinated similar collaborations between police organizations from 25 U.S. states and 21 countries.

To learn more about GILEE's impact on public safety, go to www.gilee.org.