The International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) opened two courses for female law enforcement officers on March 9 and finalized a “Leadership Development Program” on March 6. Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte opened the two courses for female law enforcement officers, while the closing ceremony of the Leadership Development Program was attended by Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Barkin.
The Leadership Development Program was aimed at improving management capabilities of the 39 participants. The participants came from Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic and El Salvador and hold positions ranging from sergeant to executive level officers.
“Leadership for Women Law Enforcers”, a course which included 35 female law enforcers from the Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Haiti, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and El Salvador, will share skills essential to their work to build credibility and apply best practices from highly effective leaders. Opened on March 9, this course will help participants analyze different leadership models and universal practices, identify and discuss gender issues in the workplace and in the environment of law enforcement, and understand leadership in law enforcement. This course will end next March 13.
The second course, called “Course on Intervention Strategies to Combat Domestic and Gender Based Violence” was inaugurated by the Ambassador of the United States in El Salvador and his Chilean counterpart, María Inés Ruz. With the guidance of instructors from the Attorney General’s Office of Chile, experts in the fight against violence, 35 professionals in law enforcement as judges, police officers, prosecutors and others were briefed on the model of care for victims and witnesses as implemented in Chile, as well as other models.
These three courses are examples of ILEA’s efforts to train law enforcers, not only in El Salvador but throughout Latin America, in the areas of national and international defense and combatting transnational crime.