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Clayton’s top cop gets Israeli training

Clayton County’s top law-enforcement leader went to Israel with about a dozen others for two weeks of intensive public safety training, the Clayton News Daily has learned.

Chief Greg Porter was part of a delegation of 14 public safety officials from Georgia who studied the best practices in counter-terrorism, emergency management and homeland security strategies through the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange. Porter could not be reached for comment on the training.

The research unit was founded in 1992 as a joint program between Georgia State University and the state’s law-enforcement community. It operates within the university’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and is funded through grants and donations.

Vernon Keenan, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, is a 1993 graduate of the GILEE training exchange.

“I am an avid supporter of GILEE,” said Keenan. “When we send our men and women into critical incidents, it is too late to worry about whether we have trained them properly. GILEE delegates gain valuable, peer-to-peer training with international partners, where they are exposed to new techniques, new skills and new ideas — many that validate the public safety practices we use here.”

GILEE works continuously to improve public safety in Georgia and the nation by enhancing inter-agency cooperation and educational training among the world’s top law enforcement communities, with Israel a principal partner in this exchange, said Nadia Borissova, assistant director of GILEE.

Reginald “Ray” Moore, a special agent in charge of the Atlanta Field Office of the U.S. Secret Service, is also a partner in planning and hosting the annual Business Continuity Summit.

“The GILEE exchange program shows everyone how to do the right things on a broader scale,” said Moore. “In law enforcement, we are one big family. We can’t do it by ourselves. GILEE builds relationships on an international level.”

In its 20-year history, GILEE has trained more than 800 senior law enforcement officials worldwide in critical knowledge of public safety practices through more than 200 peer-to-peer training exchanges. More than half of the officials were from Georgia.

GILEE and the university’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology last year joined the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, ranked among the nation’s top 25 public affairs graduate schools, said Borissova.

GILEE founder Robert Friedman said delegates such as Porter return to their departments with a greater awareness of public safety issues and how best to tackle them.

“Our GILEE delegates return with new ways of developing, sharing and using policing and intelligence strategies to minimize the production of crime in their communities,” said Friedman. “After 20 years, our graduates serve in key leadership levels of public safety in Georgia and beyond.”