Budapest, July 17 (MTI) – The operation of the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Budapest has been “a success story” over the past 20 years, which was mainly due to support by the Hungarian government, a senior official of the US State Department said in Budapest on Friday.
William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, noted that the United States had decided to build cooperation with the central and eastern European nations 20 years ago when the region underwent a major transformation.
The US decided to set up the first ILEA in Budapest in 1995 where the government showed the keenest interest towards cooperation in law enforcement, Brownfield told a press conference on the sidelines of an event marking the 20th anniversary of ILEA’s foundation.
Today there are five such academies operating around the world, he said.
Their mission is to support institution building with the aim of combatting crime, provide training in law enforcement and strengthen cooperation among partner countries, Brownfield said.
Criminal activities and international organised crime have been prevalent over the past 20 years which justifies that the operation of ILEA is as important as it was two decades ago, the assistant secretary said.
Brownfield said he would travel to Odessa next Tuesday to attend an official ceremony, replacing old police staff with new officers.