Saturday, March 14, 2009

Internal Security Forces’ Officials Benefit From Executive Leadership Seminar in Texas

March 11, 2009

Six Brigadier Generals from the Internal Security Forces (ISF) participated in a two week Executive Leadership Seminar at the Center for American and International Law's Institute for Law Enforcement Administration at Plano, Texas from February 9 to 20, 2009.   This seminar was part of the on-going partnership between the ISF and the U.S. Government
The Institute for Law Enforcement Administration is one of the United States premier learning centers for law enforcement executives, managers and supervisors, preparing course participants for today's challenging management and ethical issues. The U.S. Embassy and the ISF worked with the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration to tailor a customized curriculum to incorporate the unique requirements of the ISF as Lebanon's national police and law enforcement agency.
The visit offered a unique opportunity for the Lebanese Generals to complement the leadership and management training they received by observing U.S. police Emergency Operations Centers and Dispatch Centers as well as operational methods at the Dallas, Plano and McKinley Police Departments.  A visit to the Texas Collin County Fusion Center showed how a state-of-the-art data sharing and analysis system can bring together information from a wide variety of sources in order to detect and display relationships between people, places and events to uncover potential threats and investigate unsolved crimes.
Prior to their departure to the U.S. the Brigadier Generals attended a day-long pre-departure session at the U.S. Embassy, and were fully briefed on the current Lebanon Police Training program, the curriculum that would be covered in Texas, a comparison of the U.S. and Lebanese law enforcement sectors, and a short cultural education session about visiting the U.S. 
Brigadier General Anwar Yehya, head of the ISF Judicial Police Bureau, followed up his participation in the February Executive Leadership Seminar with two days of meetings in Washington DC.  with officials in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Department of State to discuss on-going investigative programs and new training opportunities for ISF officers to strengthen their professional capacity. 

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