Opening Ceremony of Course at Montenegrin National Police Academy

On June 19, 2017 Ambassador Uyehara attended the opening ceremony of a course at the Montenegrin National Police Academy, presented by the U.S. Department of Justice, ICITAP program in cooperation with the Milwaukee Police Department.  This “Training for Trainers: Patrol Operations” course will develop 12 experienced Montenegrin police officers into instructors who can teach U.S police methodology.  This course is a continuation of the partnership between the National Police of Montenegro and the City of Milwaukee Police Department, which has been supported by ICITAP and U.S. Embassy Podgorica.

A man giving a lecture to police officers

Ambassador Uyehara welcomed the participants, thanked them for their interest in becoming trainers, and congratulated the Police Directorate and the Police Academy.  She also thanked the 4 Milwaukee officers who have travelled to Montenegro to present this course.  She also congratulated the Police Directorate for embracing more community responsive and proactive practices, and pointed out that this has already resulted in crimes such as drug trafficking and murders being prevented.  Chief of the Uniformed Police Directorate Nikola Janjusevic also thanked the U.S. Embassy, the ICITAP Program and the Milwaukee Police officers for their assistance to Montenegro.  He welcomed the Milwaukee officers to Montenegro and said that he hoped their visit would be a pleasant one.

Ambassador and police officers posing for a family photo

The U.S. Department of Justice, International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) works with the Rule of Law section in the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica to provide expert assistance, training and equipment donations to the National Police Directorate of Montenegro.  ICITAP’s long-term advisors bring many years of experience from the U.S. in general policing, criminal investigations and the administration of law enforcement programs.  They work daily with their Montenegrin police partners to develop the police services of Montenegro into a more effective and community responsive organization.