LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles County is teaming up with the U.S. State Department to provide training to foreign prosecutors and law enforcement personnel.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced the partnership with U.S. Secretary of State William Brownfield at the Foltz Criminal
Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles.

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Under the terms of the agreement – which is part of a State Department anti-crime efforts overseas – Los Angeles County prosecutors and investigators will “draw on their unique expertise and abilities” to provide training to foreign governments, according to officials.

The program is aimed at advancing law enforcement initiatives in other parts of the world while also developing a better understanding of transnational threats to public safety by expanding the reach of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s training programs beyond national borders.

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Lacey said both Angelenos and prosecutors alike benefit from the program.

“Many of our most notorious gangs and computer hackers remain connected to foreign homelands,” said Lacey. “By sharing information, my prosecutors will gain the advantage of seeing these criminal enterprises from a new perspective. We will gain valuable information on how to make our streets safer.”

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The District Attorney’s Office has trained more than 4,000 justice system partners in L.A. County over the past two years, according to Lacey.