In an age where crime and terrorism know no borders, our international training initiatives are more important than ever to the FBI’s work to protect the American people both here and abroad.
Specifically, these initiatives strengthen legal and police systems overseas, which means fewer attacks on the U.S. from abroad. And they build one-on-one relationships that are instrumental in helping the FBI and its international colleagues track down fugitives, share information, and turn back serious criminal and security threats in this global age.
Over the years, we’ve trained hundreds of thousands of officers from all over the world. That training has included some of the following efforts which were previously managed and coordinated by the Training Division’s International Training and Assistance Unit and which, as of March 2013, are being coordinated by the International Operations Division’s Global Training Unit:
- The Budapest International Law Enforcement Academy.
- International Law Enforcement Academies teach cutting-edge leadership and investigative techniques to international police managers through an intensive program similar to the FBI National Academy, and also provide specialized classes on everything from corruption to cyber crime. The FBI heads the facility in Budapest, Hungary, and supplies instructors to the academies in Bangkok, Gaborone, and San Salvador.
- Middle Eastern Law Enforcement Training Center provides training to Dubai National Police and other officers in the region through a partnership between the government of Dubai and the FBI.
- Plan Colombia/Anti-Kidnapping Initiative provides training assistance to Colombian law enforcement in their battle against illegal drug production and organized criminal groups and terrorism.
- Pacific Training Initiative focuses on transnational crimes like terrorism and corruption for senior-level personnel from various agencies in the Pacific Rim and Asia.
- International Counter-Proliferation Program offers counter-proliferation training to our global partners in concert with the U.S. Department of Defense.
The Training Division’s Law Enforcement Development Unit (formerly the Training and Assistance Unit) at Quantico continues to manage and coordinate international training efforts that will be located in the United States such as the following:
- Bilateral Training Program directly supports Legal Attaché offices’ requests for training for their foreign law enforcement partners in their areas of responsibilities at U.S. venues.
- International Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (International LEEDS) includes courses established for the FBI’s foreign law enforcement partners with limited English fluency to develop or enhance their leadership, administrative, and investigative management skills. The courses, taught at the FBI Academy, are held in the language of the attending law enforcement agency(s). Included among those sessions held at the Academy are Latin American LEEDS, Arabic Language LEEDS, Mexico LEEDS, and Brazil LEEDS.
To carry out its mission, the Law Enforcement Development Unit will continue to work with other FBI operational and substantive divisions, the International Operations Division, FBI Legal Attaché offices abroad, the Department of Justice, the State Department, and U.S. embassies overseas.