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 the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, Georgia, is among the departments that have sent delegates to Israel. Teresa Crocker served as Chief and Director of Security of the Georgia Tech Police Department between 2002 and 2015. Chief Crocker attended a GILEE training in Israel in 2008.
According to an interview by Georgia Tech’s The Technique campus newspaper, the Chief hoped that the techniques she learned in Israel “will be readily applicable to policing here at Tech.”
“We made a lot of contacts that we know are just a call away if we ever need them for anything.” – Chief Teresa Crocker