U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff Applauds Partnership Between State Department and Pasadena Police Department
Washington, DC – Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement after a press conference was held yesterday at Pasadena City Hall announced a partnership between the State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and Pasadena Police Department:
"The partnership between the Department of State and the Pasadena Police Department is an excellent example of the federal government leveraging the expertise and willingness to serve of a local safety agency to the benefit of both. The rule of law is integral to the success of any democracy and to the elimination of endemic corruption. And nothing better symbolizes the power of the law than a well-trained, honest civilian police. In America we take the police for granted, but millions of people around the world live in societies that are not adequately policed, or where the police do not have the dedication to the law and to the public safety that are the hallmarks of American policing.
"Jamaica is one of our closest hemispheric partners, but it is also plagued by high levels of violent crime and sophisticated drug gangs, whose tentacles reach our shores. By sending Sgt. Eduardo Calatayud to help the Government of Jamaica assess the state of its law enforcement protocols, the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement is taking the first steps towards enhanced law enforcement cooperation between the United States and Jamaica, but also taking steps that will result in less crime and drugs on our streets. I am incredibly proud to represent Pasadena and to work with people like Mayor Bill Boggard and Police Chief Phillip Sanchez, who understand that even a small city can play a role in our national security, while also improving the lives of others overseas.”
The State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) developed a partnership with Pasadena Police Department through which department can opt to get involved in specific State Department foreign assistance activities overseas. These are short-term assessment and training opportunities where we look to our state and local partners for a particular law enforcement skill set and expertise needed for a particular engagement with a foreign government.
The State Department and our foreign partners benefit from the expertise of active serving officers, while the city benefits from the reimbursement of costs for the personnel, the unique experience of serving with the Federal Government, the opportunity to build relationships with specific countries/regions of interest overseas, and the opportunity to be recognized for their leadership in certain skills. Just recently, a Pasadena Police Department Sergeant returned from a such short trip to Jamaica, where he assessed that government’s policies for the use of non lethal weapons and also use of force.
For Immediate Release, July 25, 2012
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