U.S. Department of State Sponsors Law Enforcement Exchange with Georgia’s Minister of Internal Affairs (December 5-13)

cobbpdThe U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) organized a eight day-long professional exchange in the United States for Georgia’s Minister of Internal Affairs Giorgi Mghebrisvhili and senior members of his staff.  During the exchange that took place in Washington, DC and the U.S. state of Georgia, Minister Mghebrisvhili met with various U.S. law enforcement counterparts, including FBI Director James Comey, where they discussed US-Georgian law enforcement cooperation and information-sharing.  In the state of Georgia, INL organized meetings with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Public Safety Training Center other a number of Georgia state chiefs of police.  They also organized a ride-along with local law enforcement authorities in Cobb County, Georgia where Minister Mghebrisvhili had the opportunity to witness best practices in police patrolling.  Since 2001, the INL Bureau of the State Department has spent more than $40 million and worked with Georgian law enforcement authorities to expand US-Georgian cooperation and improve Georgia’s professional law enforcement capacities.