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    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 Covington, Georgia, is among the departments that have sent delegates to Israel. Over the years, the department has sent Stacy L. Cotton and Julian “Ken” Malcolm to a training in Israel. Stacy L. Cotton currently serves as Chief of Covington Police Department, a position he’s held since 1997. Julian “Ken” Malcolm served as Captain of Covington Police Department, where he’s served since 1986. Chief Cotton and Captain Malcolm attended a training in Israel sponsored by GILEE in 2001 and 2009, respectively. Chief Cotton was elected to the Executive Board of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police in 2004 as 4th Vice President, and was elected President from 2009-2010. Captain Malcolm teaches as a Professor in the Criminal Justice department at Georgia State University – Perimeter College in Decatur, Georgia.

    Chief Cotton admits that many in his staff have trained in Israel: “Most of the upper command staff has been to Israel and trained with the Israeli police,” he said. “Were not having to deal with, say, terrorism like the Israeli police are.”

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