Regional Training Center Lima, Peru
Regional Training Center (RTC)
The creation of this Center was proposed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly held in Ft. Lauderdale on June 5-7, 2005. This action by the Secretary followed a recommendation by the ILEA Policy Board to establish an associate facility to conduct specialized training targeted at countries of the Andean and Southern Cone regions.
The Regional Training Center (RTC) serves the interests of participating nations in the Southern Cone and Andean regions by expanding the long-term liaison relationships among foreign officials to combat international criminal activity and by supporting democracy by stressing the rule of law and human rights in international and domestic police operations. The RTC is an associate facility to the global network of ILEAs and does not supersede the authority or jurisdiction of the ILEA in San Salvador.
The USG has not signed a Bilateral Agreement with the GOP establishing the RTC. Instead, the RTC operates under a Memorandum of Understanding delineating the responsibilities of the two governments.
The RTC is not identified as “ILEA Lima” but operates under the banner of ILEA Latin America.
The RTC differs from existing ILEAs because it does not have permanently assigned USG personnel. A non-resident Program Manager designated by the United States Government is responsible for all aspects of the program. The Government of Peru (GOP) has designated an Operations Manager and support personnel to handle all affairs related to the facility and to work with USG personnel to implement the training program.
The Peruvian National Police has been designated as the primary agency to provide managerial, administrative and operational support of the RTC on behalf of the GOP. The RTC works with an academic institute designated by the GOP to provide assistance in the delivery and evaluation of instructional programs.
The curriculum is structured to offer advanced specialized courses in pertinent topics for the Andean and Southern Cone regions, already identified by the Needs Assessment process and validated by key leaders from the ILEA participating countries. The instructional profile and training schedule is directed by the ILEA Steering Group, based on the availability of human and financial resources.
Initial offers of training to participating nations are made through the U.S. Embassies in the respective countries. Participants nominated by these countries are vetted through a rigorous process to ensure that only those with the highest moral qualities and impeccable human rights records are selected for ILEA training.
The Center operates from a Peruvian National Police (PNP) facility located in La Molina, a suburb of Lima. This modern facility includes ample meeting, dining and recreational facilities, dormitories, a chapel, outdoor sporting fields, aquatic park, picnic areas and many other amenities.
Overview of Programs
The RTC offers Advanced Specialized courses (1-2 weeks long) to a selected audience of supervisory level police officers, prosecutors, and judicial officials based on specific needs tailored to the particular circumstances in the Andean and Southern Cone regions. A list of these courses in provided in the Appendix.
To maximize its impact the RTC offers train-the-trainer instruction to help develop instructors for national training institutions in their respective countries. Participation in the RTC is open to officials from Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay.