IACP International Police Education & Training Program (IPET)

The International Police Education and Training program (IPET), run by 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 (INL/CAP), aims to help increase the capabilities of foreign senior police officials and police organizations.  The program encourages effective and mutually beneficial relations between U.S. and foreign police organizations, and provides current and future foreign 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 the exchange of information.  The project’s intended goal is to train two international police officers (fellows) in the United States. 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 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.

 

Previous IPET Programs

 

During the pilot program, a major and a colonel from the Armenian Police Department in Armenia had the opportunity to work alongside U.S. officers from the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) as well as academics from American University (AU) and subject matter experts from the IACP to develop change plans relating to community and intelligence led policing.  They began their trip in the U.S. by studying subjects ranging from the rule of law in democratic societies to strategic plan with AU faculty and staff. They then worked with FCPD, where they were able to observe the police personnel’s interaction with and service to the community. The fellows then returned to Armenia where they began to implement these plans with mentoring from the IACP and FCPD.

 

For the second iteration of the IPET program, IACP was in a partnership involving La Direction Générale de la Sûreté Nationale from Morocco, and partnered with the academics of Pennsylvania State University (PSU). The police partner for this iteration was again the FCPD. For this iteration of IPET, the fellows chose as their change projects the creation of new policies, procedures, and training for evidence collection and crime scene preservation. They were able to get both classroom and hands on experience with PSU and FCPD and returned to Morocco with new policies to implement throughout Morocco.

 

For more information, contact Lesley Milner at milner@theiacp.org.

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