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ROSWELL, July 27, 2002 -- U.S. Senator Pete Domenici today said he looks forward to future growth in the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) that he helped locate at the Roswell Industrial Air Center.

Domenici today toured the training facilities, and was briefed on the U.S. State Department initiative to train foreign law enforcement officers in order to tackle transnational criminal issues, such as counter-narcotics and money laundering, that affect the United States.

Domenici and Congressman Joe Skeen launched the effort to locate ILEA in Roswell in 1999, and have worked to secure funding and State Department support for the operation that is now able to offer 10, four-week training sessions for as many as 55 students per session. To date, 263 students from 25 countries have completed the ILEA-Roswell training program.

“This is an exercise in helping our friends around the world have better trained officers for keeping the peace and subverting illegal activities that could wash up on our shores or eventually disrupt global security,” Domenici said. “These efforts should also pay off in our efforts to build a bigger network of support for battling terrorism, whether in the United States or around the world.”

ILEA-Roswell focuses on training mid- to senior-level police managers from around the world. It functions as an advanced management course, providing academic training to police managers who have completed training at other ILEA facilities around the world.

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell is a partner with New Mexico Tech, Sam Houston State University, and Science Applications International Corp. in carrying out the contract to operate ILEA in Roswell.

“I’ve visited with Secretary of State Powell about this Roswell program. Based on Secretary Powell’s remarks, I believe ILEA will continue to be in Roswell and should grow in the future. Its mission is more important than ever,” Domenici said. “It is also very helpful that the program is so well received by the community.”

Domenici reported that the FY2003 Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill includes $14 million to support ILEA activities in Roswell, Budapest, Bangkok, and Botswana. Roswell is the only program that is university-based. The curriculum at every ILEA has extensive course-work regarding attention to human and civil rights in the practice of law enforcement.

Last year, Domenici and Skeen secured $5 million to continue the ILEA-Roswell program. ILEA training in Roswell was launched in 2001 using $10 million secured by Domenici and Skeen in 1999 and 2000. The lawmakers have worked to ensure the U.S. State Department continues to support the Roswell program for the length of the five-year ILEA contract with New Mexico Tech.

Also related to activities at the RIAC, Domenici this week secured committee-level approval for $3 million for the Flight Safety Training Center. The funding level represents a $730,000 increase over the $2.27 million Domenici gained last year for the center, a joint university-industry program to train commercial pilots to handle loss-of-control aircraft situations.