Alliance Point 15:
Implement training and technical cooperation programs to ensure that anti-drug personnel acquire needed capabilities andperform with the highest level of professionalism and integrity.ACTIONBASELINE
As of 1 Feb 98
As of 31 Aug 99
15.2. The Governments of Mexico and the United Stateswill conduct training andfamiliarization courses, as wellas technical conferences for justice sector entities to increaseunderstanding of the distinctelements of the criminal justicesystems of both nations.For a number of years the twogovernments have conductedtraining and technical assistanceprograms. As of February 1998,the two governments wereconsidering a U.S. proposal fortraining and technical assistancefor law enforcement academies(OPDAT and ICITAP).November, 1998, the U.S. andMexico conduct at the AttorneyGeneral’s Advocacy Center jointtraining of 50 law enforcementpersonnel and focus on the basicrequirements of relevant U.S.and Mexican criminal laws,procedures, regulations andinvestigative techniques.June 1998, Brownsville lettersigned by both AttorneysGeneral called for bilateral lawenforcement training program.Number
law enforcementpersonnel on U.S. and Mexicancriminal laws and procedures bymid-November, 1998.Conference held.Training courses completed.The Attorneys General of Mexico and the U.S., by meansof the Brownsville, Texas, andthe Mérida, YucatanMemorandum of Understand,agreed to initiate joint trainingprograms between Federal LawEnforcement Agencies.As a consequence, the followingBinational Seminars were held:1.
Binational Seminar –Columbia, South Carolina(November 1998). Thefollowing issues werecovered:
Handling of evidence;
Asset Seizure andForfeiture.2. Binational Seminar – MexicoCity (June 1999). This seminarwas the follow-up to the JointTraining Program held in SouthCarolina. The following issueswere covered:
Handing of evidence andinternational cooperation inorganized crime cases.
Asset seizure and forfeitureas a tool for fightingorganized crime.