SAVANNAH, GA (November 8, 2014) – The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department hosted 18 members of an Israel Police Delegation on Friday afternoon in partnership with the Georgia Law Enforcement Exchange Program or GILEE.

The delegation was led by Major General Yaron Beery from the Israel Police Department and included other Israel Police officers and officers from the Israel Prison Service.  They met with members of the SCMPD command staff and engaged in presentations on Community Policing, Judgment Calls for Using Tasers and the use of Body Cameras.  The Israel Police are in the process of ordering some 200 Tasers for their officers.  Chief Tolbert presented this delegation with SCMPD souvenirs and authentic Savannah treats.

GILEE is a joint public safety partnerships project of Georgia State University and local, state, federal and international law enforcement agencies.  GILEE has been in effect since 1992 and the first delegation from Israel came to Georgia in November 1992.  Every delegation from Israel, the United Kingdom and other countries, has always made a stop in Savannah.

Several Savannah Police and Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police chiefs are graduates of GILEE, including Interim Chief Julie Tolbert and incoming Chief Jack Lumpkin.   The GILEE program is director by Dr. Robert Friedmann from Georgia State University.

The delegation also made stops at the Georgia Ports Authority and Gulfstream during their two-day stay in Savannah.  Garden City Police and members of the GBI served as escorts for the delegation.