Members of the Peruvian National Police arrive at Pioneer Bank for a welcome reception for the International Law Enforcement Academy, Thursday evening. (Mark Wilson Photo)
Pioneer Bank hosted a welcome reception Thursday for International Law Enforcement Academy — Roswell’s latest group of delegates: more than 60 law enforcement officials from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Chile and Peru.
The delegates range in experience and are high-ranking officials such as officers, judges and prosecutors. They are part of two separate ILEA-Roswell programs, said program director Myron Golden.
All female delegates from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras are participants of a Women in Law Enforcement Forum, concerning issues involving gender that they may encounter in the field, as well as an academic criminal justice instruction program.
This is the first time that a graduate-level women in law enforcement program has been given, Golden said.
The delegates from Colombia, Chile and Peru, a male and female group, are participants of a three-week academic criminal justice instruction program and will also take a one-week forum on model law.
ILEA-Roswell has provided six interpreters for the sessions, who translate simultaneously in Spanish while the delegates listen through headphones.
Col. Fredy Castillo, police attaché for Peru’s Ministry of the Interior, said his country is working to implement a new penal procedure system similar to that of the U.S.
“It’s going to allow us to implement things more quickly,” he said through ILEA-Roswell Interpreter Mary Iacobelli. “It’s for citizens to be heard and for justice to be served in a quicker fashion.”
He said he found the program interesting and that it allows he and his delegates to express their experiences and “share the realities of other countries.”
Commissioner Veronica Guadalupe Uriarte Flores of In El Salvador’s National Civil Police said domestic violence is an issue she hopes ILEA-R can help her department “ make access to criminal justice system appropriate and adequate for women.”
“Our goal is to have women come forward and report these crimes,” she said through Iacobelli. “What we need is for women to trust the judicial system and we want our women to feel confident and that they have access to the system.”
Lt. Lorena Peñalillo Toledo in the Carabiniers of Chile, said that she would like to take the teachings of the program, such as how to manage personnel, and put them into practice in her country.
“I want to gain knowledge of how things are done with law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and see if that can help us improve, speaking generally,” she said as Iacobelli translated for her.
The reception also was well attended by local government officials as well as other members of the Roswell community.