Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 26, 2012

Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William R. Brownfield will travel to San Diego, California to participate in the 119th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference on September 30, and the Institute of the Americas Conference on Gangs, Youth and Demand Reduction on October 1. Assistant Secretary Brownfield’s remarks at the Institute of the Americas will highlight the United States’ efforts to address the cycle of violence related to narcotics trafficking and organized gangs in the Western Hemisphere. The public is invited.

On September 30, Assistant Secretary Brownfield will sign partnership agreements with the Portland, Oregon Police Bureau and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. These law enforcement agencies will join the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and its more than 50 state and local agency partners from communities around the United States who help our partners around the world to enhance their civilian security and justice sector capacity. Each state and local partner receives specialized training from the Department of State and develops key relationships for its hometown community. The Department of State pays the salaries of state and local officers while they are deployed. These partnerships enable INL to utilize the knowledge and expertise of active serving police officers to train, advise, and mentor foreign law enforcement personnel as part of the Department’s numerous foreign assistance programs to further civilian security.

To attend the partnership agreement signings or the Institute of the Americas address please contact 202-736-4144 or email To receive updates on Assistant Secretary Brownfield’s visit, follow the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs on Twitter @INLbureau and Facebook at

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