Working for a common cause; Balkan ILEA delegates pledge to fight organized crime in their homelands
Delegates from Bulgaria, Kosovo and Macedonia stand while the Bulgarian national anthem is played during their graduation ceremony Friday at ILEA-Roswell. The national anthems for the other two delegate nations were also performed. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)
Considering the bloody conflicts dating back centuries in the Balkan states, with the most recent in the late 1990s, it is a small miracle that 36 delegates from the nations of Bulgaria, Kosovo and Macedonia broke bread with each other after graduating from the a transnational organized policy forum at the International Law Enforcement Academy-Roswell on Friday.
ILEA is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The mission of ILEA is to support emerging democracies and to help protect U.S. interests by providing training to high-ranking law enforcement officials and prosecutors throughout the Login to read more