ICITAP on hiatus
Woodburn Police Department Patrol Sgt. Geoffrey Carpenter's visit to Bangladesh is on hiatus.
But he is still looking forward to going.
Carpenter was scheduled to participate in a program that two WPD officers – Linda Hedricks and Aaron DeVoe – preceded him in late last year: the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP). But shortly after the first of the year, program coordinators implemented a hiatus on it.
"We're still working out the logistics," WPD Chief Jim Ferraris said. "He's going to get to go, but right now the dates are in flux."
Queries to the ICITAP coordinators about the reason for the hiatus remained unanswered by the deadline for this story.
Carpenter said once he's able to attend the program, he expects to return with a greater appreciation of how much technology and training benefits law enforcement policing in the United States.
"After speaking with those who have gone before, I found a consistency in their appreciation of what (tools) we have here compared to what they have to deal with problems and situations there," Carpenter said.
The sergeant also relishes to the opportunity to help influence law enforcement overseas in a positive manner.
"It is not often an individual is given an opportunity to affect how police officers conduct their jobs on a different continent," Carpenter said. "With that being said, they will also impact how I perceive and look at things in the future.
"With that being said," he added, "I will be able to experience firsthand being the minority in their country, and with that I will be able to see how the stereotypes and biases play a role in my interactions with officers and the public."
When it comes to pass, Carpenter is eager to experience the culture, traditions and daily processes of Bangladesh as part of the overall, broader law-enforcement experience.
The gist of the ICITAP participation is that U.S. law enforcement travel abroad, in this case to Bangladesh, and work and share ideas with overseas law enforcement.
ICITAP website describes the scope of the program:
"The International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) works with foreign governments to develop professional and transparent law enforcement institutions that protect human rights, combat corruption, and reduce the threat of transnational crime and terrorism. ICITAP provides international development assistance that supports both national security and foreign policy objectives."
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