(Sept. 13, 2019) — Criminal Justice Assistant Professor Alexander Testa gave an overview about policing and the criminal justice system in the United States during a training for law enforcement personnel from Mexico. The training took place at the University of the Incarnate Word during the week of Sept. 9. Global Ties U.S., formerly known as the National Council for International Visitors, is a non-partisan, 501 non-profit organization established in 1961 to promote excellence in citizen diplomacy. It is based in Washington, D.C., in the United States. The organization invited law enforcement officers from Mexico who connected with U.S. counterparts in Fort Worth and San Antonio to explore best practices on crime scene investigations, officer recruitment, training, and crisis.
“My presentation helped train Mexican law enforcement officers by providing an overview of research on effective crime reduction strategies that can be implemented by police agencies,” said Testa.
Global Ties, in partnership with the U.S. Department of the State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, oversees the Police Professionalization Exchange Program (PPEP) for Mexican senior law enforcement officials. Their interaction with U.S. law enforcement officials and experts in the fields, provides transparent public security in Mexico, thus helping to ensure a safer country for its citizens.