The U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Bureau recently sent a delegation of 10 Armenian women working in law enforcement to attend the 7th annual Women in Police Conference, hosted by the INL office at the U.S. Embassy in Georgia. This was an opportunity for female officers to network and exchange ideas with their foreign counterparts, gain new skills and knowledge, and interact with U.S. police officers and experts. This year, the conference offered participants practical exercises focused on self-defense and judgmental use of force. Training sessions included community engagement, use of social media to magnify official messages, and building community relationships.
The training is part of a larger INL-funded assistance program that supports Armenia’s efforts to modernize its law enforcement bodies, become more inclusive of women in law enforcement by including them in leadership preparation, counter transnational crime, and fight drug trafficking. These efforts help keep Americans safe at home by countering international crime, gangs, and illegal drugs abroad. Highlights from this conference can be found here.