The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, in partnership with the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), on May 13 concluded a two-week seminar on the role of police leaders in combating terrorism. The seminar was conducted by instructors from the Department of State’s Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) program and hosted by the Central Reserve Police Force Academy in Gurgaon. 18 senior Indian law enforcement officials from federal and state agencies across India were selected by the MHA’s Bureau of Police Research and Development to participate in the seminar.
At the conclusion of the seminar, U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer remarked: “Terrorism is a crime that affects all countries, and training seminars such as this one are an excellent opportunity for the U.S. and India to build the official partnerships and personal relationships that can be critical in a time of crisis. This seminar is one of many such exchanges regularly organized between the Governments of India and the U.S. focusing on expanding our shared counterterror capabilities and combating transnational terror groups.”
Since 1995 the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s ATA program has conducted 79 police training courses for over 1500 Indian law enforcement officials. This month’s training seminar highlights the ongoing U.S. – India commitment to fighting the scourge of international terrorism.