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 Sheriff’s Department of Cherokee County, Georgia, is among the departments that have sent delegates to Israel. Dana Martin and Buster Cushing have served as Majors of Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department for years, a position they both still remain in today. Major Cushing and Major Martin attended GILEE trainings in Israel in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
Major Martin’s training includes visiting command centers, including the Israeli police headquarters in Jerusalem and learning Israeli crowd control and “counterterrorism” methods. Major Cushing’s training includes learning about “counterterrorism” techniques and technology.