The International Law Enforcement Academy in Roswell has been awarded a $9.175 million federal contract to continue training foreign law enforcement officials. The announcement came Thursday from Sens. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Tom Udall, D-N.M.
The contract will enable ILEA-R to conduct 10 training sessions per year, with 35 students each, for mid-to-senior level law enforcement and criminal justice officials. The contract was awarded to BlueLaw International LLC, which will provide specialized management courses in criminal justice academic instruction, legal and regulatory workshop facilitation, and criminal policy program development and facilitation.
“ILEA-Roswell plays an important role in strengthening the capacity of criminal justice officials, while also contributing to the local economy.
The contract awarded today will allow the academy to continue to provide quality instruction to law enforcement officials from across the globe,” Bingaman stated in a press release.
Created by the U.S. State Department, ILEAs train international law enforcement officers in an effort to enhance the professionalism of police forces, enable them to combat crime more efficiently in their respective countries, and prevent the movement of transnational criminal elements into the United States and worldwide.
“The specialized training provided at ILEA-Roswell equips law enforcement from around the world with the know-how to better fight crime,” Udall stated in the same release. “It’s an important part of our state that has global reach in keeping citizens and communities safe and I’m proud this important program will continue in Roswell.”
Bingaman and Udall worked to secure language in a fiscal year 2010 spending bill to ensure that the program remained in Roswell.