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Chargé and Minister of Justice Inaugurate ILEA San Salvador

Chargé Murphy and other guests visit one of the classrooms of the new ILEA building.

Chargé Murphy and other guests visit one of the classrooms of the new ILEA building.

Charge d’Affaires Sean Murphy and Salvadoran Minister of Justice and Public Security David Munguia Payes inaugurated the first phase of its new International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) campus in San Salvador on January 20.

In his remarks, Chargé Murphy highlighted the fact that “we could not be in any other place but here, in El Salvador, a country that, through sustained effort over the past decades, has transformed itself into a regional leader in the joint effort to confront the threats posed by transnational crime.”

The new facility will serve as a regional hub for training law enforcement officials from across Latin America and the Caribbean on issues related to combating organized crime. Phase one, which included construction of the main ILEA building, was funded by a $5.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL). INL has allocated another $7.2 million for the second phase of the construction, which will begin in 2012.

To date, ILEA San Salvador has trained 3,844 law enforcement officials from 30 countries in 90 specialized courses and 23 law enforcement management development programs. Worldwide, the five ILEA academies have trained 40,000 law enforcers.

In 2012, ILEA San Salvador expects to train 1,260 law enforcers from the region through 27 specialized courses and 4 Management Development courses.