U.S. Embassy teams with State of Georgia to hold first joint U.S.-Georgia law enforcement leadership course (May 13)

On May 9-13, the U.S. Embassy’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement conducted its first joint U.S.-Georgia law enforcement leadership course in Savannah, Georgia. Bringing together senior law enforcement officers from the state of Georgia and Georgian law enforcement leadership, the class was taught by INL-Tbilisi Senior Police Advisor Michael Turner, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Catherine Sapp and Assistant Legal Attaché in Tbilisi Marlene Benson. The training was a combination of assessments and development lectures intended to help the participants identify areas of professional and personal growth in the fields of leadership and management.  At the end of the class, each student produced personal professional development plan. This joint exchange program also allowed the law enforcement managers of the two countries to open a dialogue on common problems faced by law enforcement agencies worldwide. Class participants had the opportunity to meet with the leadership of Savannah law enforcement agencies. The Georgian group also visited a detention facility in Savannah, toured the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and attended Police Memorial Day.