Embassy News 2014
CDA Brink Hands Over Equipment to Georgian Border Police (March 31)
On March 31, Chargé d’Affaires Bridget Brink joined Head of Border Police Zurab Gamezardashvili in a ceremony at the Georgian Border Police Logistics Center in Lilo to mark the handover of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and over $6.4 million of secure radio communications equipment from the U.S. Government to the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs Border Police. The vehicles and communications equipment helps to strengthen border security, emergency situation response, and communication and coordination among security units.
The vehicles were provided by the U.S. Embassy’s Export Control and Related Border Security Office (EXBS). EXBS is a U.S. Department of State program that exists in over 60 countries. Designed to help countries develop and improve their strategic trade and related border control systems, EXBS assists the Government of Georgia in five core areas: Laws and Regulations, Licensing, Enforcement, Government-Industry Cooperation, and Interagency and International Cooperation and Coordination.
The secure communications equipment was provided by the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Office (INL), with funding by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. INL assists the Government of Georgia to strengthen the rule of law through practical skills training for law enforcement officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges. INL’s efforts in Georgia also focus on improving local capacity to fight transnational crime, including human and narcotics trafficking, and advancing implementation of criminal procedure reforms to create a justice system that meets international standards, enhances regional stability and security, and helps support Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration.