“GILEE embodies the values and mission of Georgia State: teaching, scholarship, and service. GILEE has made a mark locally, nationally, and internationally, and has had a major impact on public safety by providing cutting edge training. At the same time, it has become the go-to source in public safety matters.”
“We salute the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange for exemplary service it provides the citizens of Georgia and the world. GILEE offers a practical and engaging approach to advance public safety knowledge and professionalism among those who we entrust with our safety and security. We are proud to partner with GILEE as it fulfills its mission.” Dean, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (2017-current)
“The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange has been heralded for the exceptional job it does in providing peer-to-peer counterterrorism training to public safety officials and other related training and consulting that strengthens our safety infrastructure. GILEE stands unmatched in its work to advance public safety leadership and best practices in communities throughout Georgia and around the world. Our college was very pleased to be joined by GILEE in 2011. This center’s programs and outreach are consistent with the Andrew Young School’s tradition and mission of building capacity both domestically and internationally in important policy areas.” Dean, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (2011-2017)
“Our signature international program is the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange, which allows for exchange of information among leading law enforcement officials in countries around the world.” Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences (1999-2011)
“In his 1974 book, The Social Order, Robert Bierstedt outlined the way that seven principles of science could be applied to the study of human behavior. In many ways, these same principles of science exemplify how the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange is a scientific enterprise that uses evidence-based strategies to make the world safer through the development of innovative, cross-cultural partnerships.” Chair, Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology (2008-2013).
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GILEE & Science
means that all things are related. From a scientific perspective, we understand that changes in one area lead to changes in another area. GILEE recognizes how various countries and cultures are interconnected. Changes in one part of the world have very real implications for other parts of the world. Through its activities, GILEE helps law enforcement executives use these interconnections strategically.
means that scientists must be value-free in their scientific endeavors. In a similar way, GILEE participants are encouraged to approach issues openly and objectively. In doing so, GILEE graduates are able to see crime and safety issues through a broader lens.
suggests that scientists must question and requestion all of their conclusions. The way that Dr. Friedmann structures GILEE programs, participants are encouraged to question and re-question current law enforcement practices with an aim towards identifying the most appropriate response systems.
suggests that behavior is caused or influenced by preceding events. Some individuals think that this principle negates notions of free choice. However, the concept of determinism does not automatically refute the ideal of free choice. In effect, one can suggest that certain factors “cause” individuals to make certain choices. GILEE recognizes that law enforcement practices can be designed in such a way as to prevent crime (e.g., law enforcement strategies and community involvement cause individuals to choose not to commit crime).
suggests that explanations must be as simple as possible. Through all of its programs, GILEE ensures that very complex ideas are presented in a simple way that can be easily understood and put into practice.
suggests that scientists must recognize and respect the rights of human research subjects. In a similar way, GILEE participants learn that “rights” are culturally defined, but the common thread is that law enforcement officers are expected to base their actions on the need to protect society and individuals’ rights.
means that scientists can only study issues that are real to the senses. Crime and public safety are two very real issues. GILEE strives to prevent crime and increase public safety by increasing awareness about evidence-based strategies designed to protect the public.
GILEE & Policy
“GILEE focuses on law enforcement executive development based on the principle of peer-to-peer on-site training to enhance public safety. GILEE successfully exemplifies the policy principles of public-private partnership building that is, in turn, based on:”
Gytis Zunde, '98, Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice
“For the aspiring law enforcement professional, the value of a Criminal Justice degree continues to be both relevant and useful. I highly recommend studies in Criminal Justice to help develop a complete, system-based view of the criminal justice system in the United States.
I have also participated in the Business Continuity Summit, offered by GSU through the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE), since my retirement. The summit provided an excellent opportunity to network with a variety of criminal justice professionals in the Atlanta area, as well as offer opportunities to remain current on criminal justice issues affecting our communities. This summit has been another great example of the continuing value my GSU education has provided me.” See more
“The INP has worked to increase minority representation and decrease violations of human rights, as have American agencies. Both employ procedural justice programs and use evidence to develop these programs.
I support the efforts of GILEE to work with the INP and trust this collaboration is able to continue as it benefits all involved.” Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of South Carolina. Recipient of the Bruce Smith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences View full statement
“International cooperation and information sharing are essential. The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) operates in that spirit and I am aware of how much your state’s chiefs and sheriffs appreciate your foresight and guidance as founding director.” Professor of Criminal Justice, Emeritus, Kutztown University & Eastern Kentucky University View full statement
“Under the guidance of Dr. Robbie Friedmann, GILEE has been at the forefront of developing police leaders, providing international exchanges, and promoting science-based approaches to police organizational change. The countless police leaders who have benefited from the leadership development opportunities provided by GILEE have driven positive cultural changes in their departments that have resulted in safer communities.” Associate Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice, Aurora University View full statement
“I commend the numerous law enforcement agencies and their respective professional associations, as well as the private sector, along with civic and community groups, for the support of and cooperation with GILEE, the efforts they make and funds they invest in spreading the word of fair, professional, and exemplary law enforcement.” Professor of Criminology, Law and Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago View full statement
“GILEE, is an important law enforcement executive leadership development training program that involves cross-cultural exchanges between law enforcement and counterterrorism practitioners to enhance public safety.
These exchanges are not merely about police practices but also about the rule of law and the protection of human rights.” Professor of Sociology, Palm Beach State College View full statement
“As the co-editor of the Oxford University Press International Policy Exchange series, I am continually impressed by the scientific benefits and mutual learning generated in the course of international professional exchanges, the kind of academic activity for which GILEE sets the standard in the field of law enforcement.” Chernin Professor of Social Welfare, University of California – Berkeley. He is co-Director of the Center for Child and Youth Policy, Director of the Center for Comparative Family Welfare and Poverty Research, and the Founding Director of the Family Welfare Research Group View full statement
“International exchanges and training programs are an essential part of university life, and I believe the GILEE program serves an important role in training law enforcement personnel and exposing them to new and innovative techniques as well as different cultures.” Professor of Animal Ecology, University of Georgia View full statement
“Given the range of threats — apart from any debates in the political fray — that Israel faces, it seems to be a remarkable opportunity for US law enforcement to engage with, share knowledge with, and learn from those who face a myriad of threats. Indeed, US officials who have participated in, and benefitted from, GILEE programs affirm that very sentiment.” Professor of Law, University of Utah View full statement
“I commend the numerous law enforcement agencies and their respective professional associations, as well as the private sector, along with civic and community groups, for the strong support of and cooperation with GILEE. I wish GILEE continued success in offering its professional programs and congratulate all the police leaders who benefit from it.” Professor and Chairperson of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration, John Jay College of Criminal Justice View full statement
“During its nearly three decade-long existence, GILEE has performed a valuable service by training law enforcement personnel from many jurisdictions throughout the United States and from other countries as well. These exchanges have benefitted law enforcement agencies both here and abroad as the many testimonials to the GILEE program and awards bestowed on it and its founding director evidence.” Professor of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Senior Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations and the George H. Gilmore Senior Fellow at the U.S. Military’s Combatting Terrorism Center View full statement
“There is clear value in providing police with leadership training and encouraging international professional exchanges. These activities are in fact not only an important goal in their own right but also likely enhance public safety.” Professor and Chair of the Criminology and Criminal Justice, Founding Director, National Center for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland. He is past President of the American Society of Criminology View full statement
“Participants in these programs acquire up-to-date knowledge from highly qualified experts in the law enforcement community. Programs are grounded in the evidence-based approach to policy development and implementation, so scientific findings are presented in ways that are most useful for law enforcement executives.” Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, Emeritus, George Mason University. Recipient of the O. W. Wilson Award of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Division of Policing of the American Society of Criminology View full statement
“I am an academic criminologist. Our field–indeed, any field of free and open inquiry–benefits from cross-border intellectual exchanges of the type GILEE exemplifies. I would argue that such exchanges are especially valuable when policy differences exist between the partners. We learn when we are exposed to differing viewpoints and situations.” Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Emeritus, University of Missouri – St. Louis. Past President, American Society of Criminology View full statement
“As a researcher who has worked both with state agencies in Georgia and Pennsylvania and with the U.S. Sentencing Commission in Washington, I am keenly aware of the importance of sharing theoretical and practical knowledge with policy makers. Thus, I am a strong supporter of programs in which information and decision strategies are discussed, critiqued, and improved.
The GILEE program, which focuses on difficult, sensitive, and crucial aspects of combatting crime and ensuring public safety, has promoted this type of critical discussion among academics and policing professionals in more than two dozen countries and more than two dozen states.” Professor of Criminology and Sociology, Pennsylvania State University View full statement
“GILEE represents the idea that cross-cultural exchange between law enforcement executives from different and diverse countries can be beneficial to police participation in a democracy, which fits within the mission of an urban research university such as Georgia State University.” Professor and Co-Director, Institute For Legal Studies in Criminal Justice, College of Criminal Justice College, Sam Houston State University View full statement
“I am currently involved with the Serve and Connect non-profit in developing a national model for connecting police and community stakeholders in ways that benefit minority youth empowerment and thriving. Serve and Connect is using social science and community engagement to develop a win-win model. Serve and Connect has been able to understand the police (law enforcement) side and the community concerns about police in order to forge ways to bring them together. The work of GILEE, and its adherence to community policing principles, adds to our understanding.” Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, University of South Carolina View full statement
“I have now worked over a decade closely with the Israeli National Police on a number of research efforts. Over the last three years, I have chaired a National Science Advisory Board for the INP. My research and experience with the police suggests that they are a police force that cares about human rights and minority communities. They are also a police force that cares about effectiveness and science in the development of innovation.” Distinguished Professor of Criminology, Law & Society, Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law and Criminal Justice, and Executive Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, George Mason University. Recipient of the 2010 prestigious Stockholm Prize in Criminology, the August Vollmer Award, and the Israel Prize in Social Work and Criminological Research, past president, Academy of Experimental Criminology View full statement
“Programs like GILEE that encourage our police leaders to pay more attention to the international aspects of crime, develop relationships with other police leaders, and learn from their successes and failures are very much needed. As the many awards and testimonials that GILEE has received demonstrate, this is exactly what it accomplishes.” Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Emeritus, University of Maryland. Lifetime National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, recipient of the 2018 August Vollmer Award, American Society of Criminology, and past president of the American Society of Criminology View full statement
“The development of GILEE by Dr. Robert Friedmann is a part of a larger trend in which civil society organizations, organized either as non-profit corporations or as university based programs, provide training and exchange with others to continuously improve the quality and the varied responsibilities of law enforcement executives. This movement is progressive, information-based, and needs to be supported by all who value an effective, decent, and continually improving society.” Professor of Criminal Justice, Wayne State University View full statement