On August 6, the Center for Public Safety Innovation (CPSI), a part of St. Petersburg College’s Public Safety community hosted 15 high-ranking law enforcement officials from Mexico at SPC’s Allstate Center for a police professionalism seminar. This event was organized locally by World Partnerships, Inc., a long-time collaborator of the College on international law enforcement events for over 10 years.
Global Ties U.S., in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, oversees the Police Professionalization Exchange Program (PPEP) for Mexican senior law enforcement officials. The program provides training and professional development to 3,800 police officials from Mexico over a three-year period.
The project provides participants with direct exposure and access to U.S. police professionals and experts. Participants receive training and professional development via online lectures, training academies, professional study tours in the U.S., and participation in a Mexico-based training institute facilitated by U.S. law enforcement experts and professionals.
CPSI was chosen as a partner in the PPEP program as a result of their international reputation in the delivery of cutting edge community policing training. During this police professionalism workshop, CPSI covered topics ranging from understanding what community policing is and what it is not; building and sustaining partnerships with community members, businesses and other stakeholders; how to provide police departments and their officers with job satisfaction as they help stop crime before it happens through collaborative partnerships; to problem solving using the community policing SARA (Scanning, Analysis, Response and Assessment) model.