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News Release

March 27, 2014

DPS, U.S. Department of State Join Forces to Fight Crime

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced today that it has partnered with the U.S. Department of State (DoS) to help support criminal justice assistance programs abroad. The program, managed by the DoS Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), is designed to help foreign law enforcement personnel combat criminal networks where they develop and help reduce criminal threats both in the United States and partner countries. DPS Director Steven McCraw and Ambassador William Brownfield, who is the Assistant Secretary for the INL, made the announcement today at a ceremony in Austin, where they signed the Memorandum of Understanding for this partnership.

“Crime today is alarmingly transitory, transnational, organized and covert, and it is not enough for governments to focus solely on protecting public safety and disrupting crime within their borders the efforts must be global,” said Director McCraw. “DPS is pleased to be partnering with the U.S. State Department today in an effort to help bolster the law enforcement efforts of other nations and work with our world partners to combat criminal activities everywhere.”

The U.S. Department of State has partnered with more than 70 state, county and municipal criminal justice agencies across the United States that work with INL to assist with the training and mentorship of foreign law enforcement personnel. The program is intended to ultimately help reduce crime within U.S. borders and beyond by enhancing the ability of other nations to fight crime, administer justice and protect citizens.

For additional information, visit http://www.state.gov/j/inl/

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