From Reno to Las Vegas: The State Department's Impact on Nevada

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From Reno to Las Vegas: The State Department's Impact on Nevada

On behalf of the American people, the State Department promotes and demonstrates democratic values and advances a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. By leading America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance, the Department keeps the American people safe both at home and abroad and advances our shared economic prosperity. The State Department directly impacts the “Silver State” of Nevada through law enforcement cooperation, exchange programs, and military partnerships.

First, the State Department works with Nevada law enforcement to provide training to foreign police. Since 2011, the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) has partnered with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) through a Memorandum of Understanding to provide training to foreign police. This partnership was particularly active in 2018, when LVMPD returned to the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) Gaborone and conducted a Community Oriented Policing (COP) course for 70 mid-level police leaders providing the tools and methods necessary to operationalize the COP concept. LVMPD conducted training for the Republic of Vietnam National Police, providing instruction to enhance their abilities to investigate specialized crimes, such as child sexual assault, homicide, and domestic violence. Also in 2018, the LVMPD provided domestic violence training for judges, prosecutors, and supervisory police officers at ILEAs in Gaborone and Budapest. Finally, in what proved to be an exceptional year for this program, the LVMPD conducted an assessment in Indonesia to determine the capacity of the Indonesian National Police to investigate internet crimes against children and will assist with subsequent training and assistance. Not only did Nevadans contribute to peace and security efforts in Europe, Asia, and Africa, but LVMPD officers had the opportunity to interact in an international environment, build knowledge, and develop relationships that will likely benefit their local community.

Secondly, the State Department partners with Nevada to make a difference in the world through international exchange programs, including the International Visitor Leadership Program, or IVLP. The IVLP, which is the State Department’s premier professional exchange program, brings current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields to the United States to experience this country firsthand, cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts, and hold professional meetings that support the foreign policy goals of the United States. During the IVLP, American families host participants to build relationships and show the best of what the United States has to offer. IVLP alumni often share that their most memorable and impactful experiences were those with the residents of the states they visited. In 2017, Nevada residents made a big impression on IVLP participants—they volunteered 8,309 hours of their time to welcome these international visitors, exchange ideas and perspectives, and share the genuine hospitality that the state is known for around the world.

Finally, the State Department facilitates the Nevada National Guard’s State Partnership Program (SPP) with the Kingdom of Tonga’s and Republic of Fiji’s Armed Forces. The State Partnership Program links a state’s National Guard with the armed forces or equivalent of a partner country in a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship. Through this SPP, which was established with Tonga in 2014 and Fiji in 2019, the Nevada National Guard conducts military-to-military engagements with Tongan and Fijian counterparts in support of defense security goals, and has hosted Tongan and Fijian leaders for security sector conferences in the United States. The SPP has become a key U.S. security cooperation tool, facilitating collaboration across all aspects of international civil-military affairs and encouraging people-to-people ties at the state level.

From Reno to Las Vegas, the State Department impacts Nevadans through a variety of programs in the defense, education, and law enforcement spheres, thereby bringing the people of Nevada and the people of the world together.

Find out more about the Department of State's impact in American communities at Department of State by State.

Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on Medium.

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