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Thirty-four Eastern European police officials looked on as State Appeals Court Judge Roderick Kennedy explained that freedom requires an active political structure existing within a framework of law.
The law-enforcement officials from Bulgaria, Macedonia and Serbia graduated from a four-week senior management course in March at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Roswell.
ILEA spokesman Jack Swickard explained that New Mexico Tech operates ILEA for the U.S. Department of State.
“The program has been such a great avenue for building bridges with police forces around the world,” Swickard said this morning. “We’ve had 83 countries represented among the 2,644 senior police officers attending our classes, which have been taught in 26 languages.”
Kennedy was guest speaker for the police official’s graduation ceremony held at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art in Roswell.
“I was raised in a family that held lawyers in high esteem,” he said. “I think my parents saw the profession first as a way for their argumentative son to make a comfortable living, but also one in which a lawyer, working for a greater public order, could help realize and protect great freedoms.”
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