One of the organizations that organize and sponsor these joint trainings is the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE), a joint program of Georgia State University and local law enforcement. GILEE works to foster cooperation between law enforcement agencies in Georgia and Israel, educating Israeli law enforcement on community policing and training Georgia law enforcement on counter-terrorism. Since its establishment, GILEE has run law enforcement executive development and trainings to enhance homeland security, through 450 programs that reached over 33,000 law enforcement and other executives across over 25 states and 25 countries.
The Police Department of Cartersville, Georgia, is among the departments that have sent delegates to Israel. Bill Ashburn was assigned a post with the Cartersville Police Department, and is the current Chief of Police of Madison, Georgia. Chief Ashburn attended a GILEE training in Israel.
According to his biography on the Madison Police Department website, the “highlight” of Chief Ashburn’s training was “being selected to participate in the Law Enforcement Exchange Program with the Israeli Police… [to learn] how they deal with terrorists and how they protect their borders.”