U.S. Department of State Celebrates 25th Anniversary of ILEA Program

This month, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Budapest. ILEA Budapest opened in April 1995 and was the first of five ILEA facilities established around the world, all of which support efforts to combat international crime by building the capacity of foreign criminal justice partners. Over the past 25 years, more than 70,000 individuals from over 100 countries have graduated from the ILEA program.

“ILEA connects top notch U.S. experts with our partners abroad. They build international cooperation to combat transnational crime and keep communities in the U.S. and overseas safe. Thanks for 25 years of excellence and I look forward to so many more!” remarked Assistant Secretary Madison.


This month, INL is reflecting on highlights from across the ILEAs. Follow INL on Facebook (www.facebook.com/stateinl) and Twitter (@StateINL) to see more highlights from throughout the ILEA program’s history.