Monday, November 02, 2009

ISF Generals Tour United States, Review Community Policing Practices

November 2, 2009 A senior delegation from the Lebanese Internal Security Forces returned to Lebanon yesterday from a two-week visit sponsored by the U.S. government to study community policing practices in the United States.
During the visit, the delegation held discussions with U.S. Department of State and police association officials in Washington, D.C. before traveling to Chicago, Illinois, Reno, Nevada and San Diego, California where they met with police executives to gain an operational understanding of community policing. These American police departments have been identified as among the best examples of community policing at work, a law-enforcement philosophy whereby the police and the citizens they protect and serve work closely together to identify and solve problems that are of mutual concern . The goal of community policing is to establish a more effective police department which better meets the needs of the citizens while building an environment of trust and mutual respect.
Upon the delegation's return to Lebanon, ISF Inspector General Simon Haddad said that the concept of community policing will have a great impact on the ISF: "Community policing is a very great step the ISF and the Lebanese society. This is the best way to solve problems and it is a link between the ISF and the families in the community….We now have a clear picture of how to do this in Lebanon." The delegation also included five other ISF officers: Chief of Staff General Joseph El Hajal, Head of the ISF Operations General Sami Nabhan, Head of Training General Mounir Chaaban, Director General of the Political Affairs and the Palestinian Refugee Affairs at the Ministry of Interior General Nicolas Habr, and Assistant Chief of the Information Unit Colonel Said Fawaz.
The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) sponsors a community policing training program for the Nahr El Bared Refugee camp, where community policing will be implemented to initiate a positive relationship between the ISF and the Palestinian community. The State Department Bureau of Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) program with the ISF provides 24 US police advisors who are training Lebanese cadets, instructors, and supervisors at the ISF academy in Lebanon. In addition, INL has provided non lethal policing equipment, vehicles, and facility refurbishments to ISF facilities.

Embassy Of The United States. Beirut. Lebanon - Press Release