By Major General Joseph C. Carter, Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard; Chair, IACP Foundation; and IACP Past President
ne of the most critical factors in ensuring the safety and security of any community is a trained, ready, reliable, and ethical police force. It is in the public’s interest that police officers are well trained in the latest police practices and techniques and that they are ready and prepared to perform in a professional manner.
Unfortunately, in many nations around the globe, police agencies are unable to afford or otherwise provide the training necessary to address even the most basic functions of modern police work. In response to this need, the IACP Foundation is proud to present the Global Enrichment Program (GEP), which is the first foundation program dedicated solely to the needs of police executives from the international community.
Through the GEP, and with funding support from the Oracle Corporation, the foundation will defray the full cost of a two-year membership in the association for approximately 30 command-level police officials from nations that are either underrepresented or not represented at all in the membership rosters of the IACP. These nations will be selected based on need.
This membership will afford senior police executives from the international community all of the rights and privileges of full IACP membership, opening the door for exposure to training courses, publications, and networking opportunities that would have otherwise been beyond their reach.
Currently, the association has over 1,600 international members in 96 nationsan impressive number, but certainly one that the IACP would like to see grow with the addition of diverse, qualified, and motivated new members from additional nations.
Welcoming New Members
The IACP Foundation Board approved the GEP in May 2008 and asked the foundation staff to proceed with the recruitment and the selection of candidates. The natural method of outreach proved to be the IACP’s International Policing Division. Through its World Regional Offices, the division began a series of directed inquiries to World Regional Office chairs and other partners, requesting assistance to identify appropriate candidates for inclusion in the GEP.
By August, the division had received numerous qualified applicants that were then reviewed and vetted, and approval was given by both IACP international vice president Mohamed Abdulaziz Al-Nassr and IACP president Ron Ruecker. The foundation is proud to announce that the first complimentary IACP memberships have been presented to three outstanding individuals.
The first two members come to the IACP from the Kosovo Police Service, which was established in September 1999 and is a multiethnic institution employing over 7,100 sworn officers; 1,600 civilian support staff; and over 600 security officers. The IACP welcomes General Lieutenant Colonel Sheremet Ahmeti, who serves as police commissioner, and Major General Behar Selimi, who serves as assistant to the deputy commissioner for border police.
The third addition to the IACP membership is Lieutenant General Mohammad Munir Mangal of the Ministry of Interior of Afghanistan. Lieutenant General Mangal is based in Kabul and serves as the deputy minister of interior for security, a position responsible for a force of over 82,000 Afghan National Police officers.
More to Come
The foundation is pleased to extend to its international partners the opportunity to join in the advancement of professional policing through a program it sponsors. Both the IACP Foundation and the IACP International Policing Division staff look forward to welcoming more members of the international community to the ranks of the membership and to providing access to the unparalleled programs and services of the IACP. ■
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