November 14, 2008
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) honored the Israel National Police during the IACP's 115th annual conference held November 8-12 in San Diego, Calif. The presentation took place during a luncheon sponsored by JINSA.
The IACP is the largest law enforcement organization in the world with a membership of more than 20,000 members from over 89 countries. The relationship between the IACP and the Israel National Police was strengthened with the establishment of JINSA's Law Enforcement Exchange Program (LEEP). Since 2002, the majority of the IACP's leadership has traveled to Israel with LEEP to study methods and techniques used in preventing and reacting to acts of terrorism.
Current IACP President Ronald C. Ruecker presented the award to Major General Effi Tibi, Attaché and Liaison Officer to the U.S. and Canada for the Israel National Police and Ministry of Public Security. IACP President Ruecker participated in the 2005 LEEP program in Israel. During his remarks, Chief Ruecker noted that the program in Israel gave him the benefit of "the finest training" he had ever received throughout his career as a law enforcement officer and leader.
Also in attendance were Col. Avishai Bartel, Law Enforcement Attaché serving at the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles; Dan Rosenblatt, IACP Executive Director, and; Jim McMahon, IACP Deputy Director. Prior to his current position, Chief McMahon was the Director of Homeland Security for the State of New York and participated in the 2006 LEEP program in Israel.
Under the aegis of LEEP - its Law Enforcement Exchange Program - JINSA sponsors counter terrorism exchanges between the Israel National Police and the American law enforcement community including a yearly trip to Israel for American law enforcement leaders as well as a conference series held annually across the United States.