Tech to Manage Law Enforcement Training Center, Nov. 13, 2000

(based on an Associated Press story)

ROSWELL, N.M., Nov. 13, 2000 -- The U.S. Department of State has awarded a contract to the New Mexico Tech to operate the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) at the deBremond National Guard facility at the Roswell Industrial Air Center.

Partners in this venture, which is expected to have an annual $5 million budget, are New Mexico Tech, Eastern New Mexico University, Sam Houston University, and the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

ILEA will train approximately 1,200 mid- to senior-level law enforcement and criminal justice officials annually, from several countries, in police organization, urban and family violence prevention, civil disobedience and dissent, and psychology of criminal behavior.

U.S. Rep. Joe Skeen (R-N.M.) and U.S. Sen. Pete Domenci (R-N.M.), both members of the House and Senate appropriations committees, respectively, have secured $10 million for the project. During the past 10 years, many nations have seen a significant increase in terrorist threats, particularly those organized and financed by criminal and drug trafficking organizations.

"New Mexico Tech's expertise in counter-terrorism and law-enforcement training will guarantee a quality training program for curbing international criminal activities," Skeen said. "It's vital that we have a facility that will complement international efforts to fight crime in the United States and around the world."