Los Angeles County District Attorney Seal. Courtesy Los Angeles County District Attorney.
Los Angeles County District Attorney Seal. Courtesy Los Angeles County District Attorney.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey on Monday formalized an agreement to work with the State Department to help train foreign prosecutors and law enforcement personnel.

Lacey met with William Brownfield, U.S. assistant secretary of state for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs, to sign the agreement.

“We welcome the opportunity to team up with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office,” Brownfield said. “The office’s deep reservoir of knowledge and experience in fighting a wide range of crime will help advance international and U.S. security.”

In the past two years, the D.A.’s office has trained more than 4,000 justice system partners, offering expertise in prosecuting public integrity, hardcore gang and high-technology crimes.

By expanding the reach of those training programs beyond national borders, Lacey’s office also aims to better understand transnational threats to public safety.

“Our prosecutors — and the residents of Los Angeles County — also will benefit through these multinational relationships,” Lacey said. “Many of our most notorious gangs and computer hackers remain connected to foreign homelands.”

Sharing information will allow prosecutors to see these criminal enterprises from a new perspective, she said.

“We will gain valuable information on how to make our streets safer.”

City News Service

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