The Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and Miami-Dade County (MDC) have agreed to renew their partnership agreement to continue providing outstanding training and law enforcement expertise to the State Department’s international partners. This renews the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between INL and MDC signed In November 2012 for Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) to provide training, mentoring, and advising on policing matters to international law enforcement personnel. This renewal will extend this this successful partnership for an additional five years. The goal of this partnership is to help our foreign counterparts better fight transnational crime, which also helps reduce crime in our own communities.
INL draws on U.S. expertise to combat crime, corruption, and narcotics trafficking abroad and to develop trustworthy justice systems. INL has more than 110 partners across the U.S. to facilitate training and exchanges with foreign countries, including with:
- Federal law enforcement agencies;
- State, and local police and corrections departments;
- Local and state courts;
- District attorney’s offices and public defenders;
- Port authorities; and
- Professional associations, academic institutions and civil society organizations.
Since 2012, the Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute has trained 405 international personnel from Egypt, Guatemala and Haiti in various topics to include, Internal Affairs, Community Policing, Trauma Life Support, Narcotics Investigation, to mention a few. “It brings me great satisfaction to know that our department has had the opportunity to train and mentor our brothers and sisters in other countries and make a difference”, Director Juan Perez said.
On Monday, May 23, 2016, the new MOU between INL and MDC will be signed at the Miami-Dade Police Department, Fred Taylor’s Headquarters Complex.
Special guests include:
Juan Perez, Director
Carlos Gimenez, Mayor
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Congresswoman - District 27
Frederica Wilson, Congresswoman – District 24
Carlos Curbelo, Congressman – District 26
William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary
Todd Robinson, U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala
Francisco Rivas Lara – Minister of Government of Guatemala
Nery Abilio Ramos Y Ramos, Director General for Guatemalan National Police
Loren Parra, Senator Bill Nelson’s Regional Director