Lt. Britt Snyder, right, of the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, welcomes one of the new students from Session 12 of the International Law Enforcement Academy Wednesday during a reception at the Spring River Park and Zoo. (Jill McLaughlin Photo)
New senior criminal justice professionals from Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay attending the 12th session of Roswell’s International Law Enforcement Academy were welcomed during a warm reception at the Spring River Park and Zoo Wednesday evening.
Several community law enforcement officials and local leaders came out to meet and greet them.
“Welcome to our beautiful city,” said Roswell Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dorrie Faubus-McCarty. “We want to make your stay as comfortable as possible.”
The impressive group of judges, prosecutors, intelligence analysts, officers and criminal investigators were treated to a reception and tour of the zoo grounds.
Jennifer Brady Griego, Roswell Air Center manager, explained that the city worked hard to keep the ILEA program in the community.
“You will find our community warm, friendly and we will help make your visit pleasant,” Griego said. “We hope you are able to take some time to see some of our attractions.”
Among those who welcomed the new ILEA delegates, who will spend the next several weeks studying post-graduate courses, were Chaves County Sheriff Rob Coon, Undersheriff Patrick Jennings and Lt. Britt Snyder; Roswell Police Department Deputy Chief Brad McFadden; and Eastern New Mexico University Capt. Robert Newberry.
Spring River Park and Zoo Director Elaine Mayfield welcomed the group to the facility and opened the carousel and train for the reception, with the help of staff. Several community members also attended.
The Roswell ILEA, which first opened in 2001, is one of five in the world. The others operate in Hungary, Thailand, Botswana and El Salvador. Along with training, the institutions also foster relationships among international law enforcement agencies.
ILEA Roswell changed directions last year and began providing graduate-level courses that specialized in international crime, management courses in criminal justice, legal and regulatory workshop facilitation and criminal policy program development.
The academy expects to graduate 10 sessions per year, with 35 students attending each. Attendance is coveted at the Roswell program. Those who do graduate can now stay in touch with new systems and share information.
Bernardino Monges Espinoza of Paraguay thanked the community for the reception. The Paraguay delegates included a judge, one delegate who worked in an anti-drug department, five prosecuting agents and five officers.
“Thank you for allowing us to be in this beautiful place,” Espinoza said.
From Peru, the 10 representatives included those who investigate crimes of terrorism, and who are involved in criminalistics and international affairs.
“People have experiences and important moments in their lives,” said Jose Isidor Baella Malca, of Peru. “Today is one of those days for us. Roswell has welcomed us with open arms. We will never forget you. Thank you for the support you give our countries.”
All of the citizens in the world have a right to live in peace. Training is constant and necessary, Malca said.
“Please know, when we leave this country, we will know of the existence of this beautiful city,” Malca said.