Deputy Assistant Secretary of State James Walsh Hands Over Equipment to Police and Announces New Regional Initiative Monday, February 8, 2016, 12:30p.

TBILISI – On February 8th,   2016, U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Ian C. Kelly and visiting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) James Walsh will participate in a handover ceremony of 19 in-car computers purchased by INL for the Georgian Patrol Police Department.  The in-car computers will provide law enforcement officers real-time access to information on wanted persons or the identification of stolen property, while also providing a data record of all service calls.  Information is the lifeblood of an effective law enforcement response and these computers will facilitate the quick transmission and access to data, necessary to provide service to the community.  The total value of the in-car computers is approximately USD 85,000.

INL has been working with the Georgian Patrol Police since 2004, providing a resident Senior Police Advisor, technical assistance, professional skills training, and equipment for the Patrol Police Department.  INL also works closely with the MOIA Police Academy to provide training and equipment and prepare Patrol Police officers for the challenges and dangers they may face in the course of their duties.  The INL program in Tbilisi looks forward to continued joint efforts with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Patrol Police to support law enforcement and public safety in Georgia.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Walsh will also announce INL support worth USD500,000 to advance Georgia’s initiative to create a regional law enforcement leadership and management training center.  Through the Ministry’s Police Academy, courses hosted by the Georgians will be taught by U.S. instructors in a number of different disciplines.  INL intends to extend the courses to law enforcement partners in Armenia, Moldova, Ukraine and Tajikistan.