Announcements / January 18, 2018

Police Exchange Program Embarks on Second Year of Training and Study Tours

On January 22, Global Ties U.S. will enter the second year of implementing the Police Professionalization Exchange Program (PPEP), a three-year initiative funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) of the U.S. Department of State. For the first time, Global Ties U.S. staff will facilitate a series of police training academies in Mexico along with two teams of trainers drawn from police agencies across the United States.

The academies will take place in Mexico City, Guanajuato, and Toluca, and will provide training for nearly 100 police officers from 10 state police agencies. They will cover topics that include ethics-based leadership, planning and resource management, quality-based recruiting, and training program development.

A second series of training academies is planned for August 2018.

Global Ties U.S. is also expanding the online training component of the Police Professionalization Exchange Program. This component includes approximately 21 hours of training for Mexican law enforcement in policing and criminal law by subject matter experts. The online training program is currently completing its first round of training for 430 Mexican officials, and will be enrolling 1,500 more throughout 2018.

Finally, the program will host 12 face-to-face exchanges in the United States throughout 2018, welcoming up to 240 participants from various law enforcement bodies in Mexico. During the exchanges, topics ranging from community policing to 911 communications management to police academy instructional design will be discussed through site visits and meetings.


Global Ties U.S. would like to give a special thanks to its members, Global Austin and the San Antonio Council for International Visitors, for their assistance in putting together the team of trainers. They include:

  • Captain Mike Davis, Shavano Park (TX) Police Department
  • Chief Paul J. Chapa, Assistant Vice President of Public Safety & Enterprise Risk Management and Chief of Police, Trinity University (TX)
  • Peggy M. Schaefer, Director, National Certification Program, International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training
  • Richard D. Bryan, Academy Manager/Projects Director, Alamo Area Council of Governments Regional Law Enforcement Academy (TX)
  • Daniel A. Howard, Director, Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety, International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training
  • Inspector Charles Patnode, Training Coordinator, University of Texas System Office of the Director of Police


Global Ties U.S. is seeking additional Community-Based Members to submit proposals for tours later in the year. For more information, log in to the members-only part of the website and review the RFP. If you are attending the National Meeting this February 7-10, there is a session on February 10 where you can meet the Global Ties U.S. staff in person and ask questions.