Central American Police Commanders and U.S. Embassy Officials To Visit the Center for Public Safety Innovation

The Center for Public Safety Innovation (CPSI) at St. Petersburg College’s Allstate Center Campus is hosting a two-day training event with high-ranking Central American law enforcement leaders on April 27 and 28, 2016. The training is part of an ongoing, multi-year partnership between CPSI, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), and the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador designed to bring community policing initiatives to that region to combat gang violence and drug crime and improve the relationship between the national police and the community.

The purpose of this visit is for senior members of the El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala National Police Departments to meet with law enforcement personnel and community members who are involved in similar programs. Toward that end, they will visit the Hispanic Outreach Center in Clearwater to see firsthand how the Center works with the Clearwater Police Department to make this program work. They will also take a brief tour of community policing initiatives in St. Petersburg. Training will also cover the following topics:

  • Success stories, roadblocks, and failures in developing, staffing, and supervising community policing programs.
  • How to obtain buy-in from community stakeholders and develop critical partnerships necessary to transform their communities.
  • Using COMSTAT as an effective community policing tool.
  • Examining Intelligence Lead Policing initiatives with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, discussing management issues in establishing and supervising these units.
  • Using social media as a community policing tool (looking at the St. Petersburg Police Department as an example)
  • Outreach programs, such as St. Petersburg Police Department’s Park/Walk/Talk program