WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the International Association of Chiefs of Police announced today a fellowship program for CBP law enforcement personnel under the IACP Visiting Law Enforcement Fellow Program. The program is designed to enhance the leadership capabilities of the visiting fellow through exposure to its national and international policy initiatives while simultaneously leveraging the fellows’ skills to support critical IACP policy work. The program has been in place since 1994 and it will mark the first such fellowship between the two organizations.
“The International Association of Chiefs of Police is a long respected organization of law enforcement leaders,” said CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. “We are pleased to partner with the IACP and to offer this development opportunity to the next generation of CBP leaders while lending our unique experience to inform the important work of the IACP.”
"The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been a vital partner to state and local law enforcement agencies," said Vincent Talucci, Executive Director and CEO of the IACP. "We are thrilled to partner with CBP through the Visiting Law Enforcement Fellow Program. The IACP will gain great insight from these talented fellows on CBP practices, thus improving the quality of IACP's policy and research efforts, and further enhancing state and local law enforcements partnership with CBP."
The fellows will be assigned to a selected IACP directorate, and will rotate through other IACP directorates based on skills and interests. The fellows are expected to return to CBP with greatly expanded skills in the areas of leadership, agency administration, policy development, strategies for collaboration and partnerships, long-range planning, program implementation, and evaluation-based research.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.