SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) was introduced today as the newest permanent observer agency to the American Police Community (Ameripol).
ICE is the second U.S. agency admitted to Ameripol. The object of observer agencies is to coordinate law enforcement initiatives aimed at organized and transnational crime.
Ameripol is an internationally integrated organization whose purpose is to promote and strengthen police cooperation in scientific and technical training, as well as to streamline the exchange of information used for intelligence purposes. The organization aims to coordinate and enhance efforts in criminal investigations and increase judicial assistance between the police and its counterparts in America.
Ameripol currently has 28 police forces as members including law enforcement from Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panamá, State Border Service, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, St. Christopher, St. Lucia, Uruguay and Trinidad and Tobago.
Ameripol now has 19 observer agencies to include HSI.