Starting with the Centennial Olympics Games held in Atlanta (1996), GILEE has been assisting with security planning efforts for the Olympic Games listed below:
“In some instances, professional organizations contribute to sustaining the legacy of sharing professional knowledge. Perhaps the best example is the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange Program (GILEE), which has provided or facilitated support for seven Olympics, beginning with Atlanta (1996), and continuing with Rio de Janeiro (2016). GILEE’s continued support is invaluable, and its efforts are internationally recognized for supporting professional excellence in law enforcement.
This organization has underwritten the cost of bringing past and present Olympic parties together, a contribution that deserves acknowledgement.”
Jon Gordon, Deputy Chief (Ret.) Atlanta Police Department, American Military University (in: “Protecting the Games: Law Enforcement’s Olympic Legacy of Information Sharing.” IN PUBLIC SAFETY, January 30, 2014)
“I am writing to express our long overdue thanks to you and your colleagues for visiting London and for taking part in such an intensive, professional exchange with all of us involved in delivering security for London 2012. You were very generous with your time, your patience, and with sharing your considerable expertise. With just one year to go until the 2012 Opening Ceremony, your visit provided a most valuable opportunity.
We appreciated the openness and honesty of your presentations. lt was particularly helpful to hear about the lessons you have taken forward from Atlanta 1996 and to have the chance to ask questions of law enforcement colleagues with first-hand experience of managing all aspects of a Games time critical incident.”
Janet Williams, QPM, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police, United Kingdom
“On behalf of the State Military Police of Rio de Janeiro we would like to express our gratitude for the unique opportunity of being welcomed by the City of Atlanta and the State of Georgia. Our delegation was able to exchange experiences that undoubtedly will enable our police officers to better understand the complexity of the safety and security planning process for an event with the magnitude and importance of the Olympic Games.
Finally, we would like to take the opportunity to warmly thank you and all your team. We are looking forward to developing a mutually beneficial partnership with Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies to strengthen relations among our institutions so as to enhance law enforcement professionalism.”
Jose Luis Castro Menezes – Colonel. General Commander, State Military Police of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“On behalf of the State Military Police of Rio de Janeiro state, I want to thank you and your team for giving us the opportunity to send a group of our officers to take part in an exchange program organized by GILEE under your coordination, in 2013. This exchange gave these officers the opportunity to know the best practices and experiences of law enforcement agencies responsible for public security planning for the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games.
I can say that the lessons learned during this exchange program were essential for us to build better public security planning and a successful Rio 2016 Olympic Games taking into into account the public security needs and actions.”
Edison Duarte Dos Santos Junior – Colonel. General Commander, State Military Police of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil