An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : News : Article View
NEWS | March 18, 2011

National Guard's State Partnership Program hosts Armenian police in Kansas

By Courtesy Story

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A delegation of five police officials from Armenian police departments was here March 9 to 12 to meet with Kansas City police.

The visit resulted from of a collaborative partnership between Kansas law enforcement institutions, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and the Kansas National Guard's State Partnership Program.

The goal is to assist Armenia in its effort to develop a community policing program and exchange ideas on law enforcement reform.

During their visit, the delegation observed a community policing operation in the Midtown Patrol Division.

Kansas law enforcement is assisting the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe by supporting them in expanding their community policing project in Armenia.

The Kansas City operation included many of the tools available to community policing officers such as the Crime Analysis Unit, Neighborhood Crime Prevention Patrol, Sheriff's Department, probation and parole officers and the Narcotics Unit.

The goal of this operation was to develop suspect information regarding individuals involved in criminal activity and to resolve issues that were creating an environment conducive to criminal activity.

While in Kansas, the Armenian delegation visited police departments in Overland Park, Wichita, Lawrence and Park City, as well as the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson.

"We've been partners with Armenia since 2003," said Army Maj. Gen. (Kansas) Lee Tafanelli, adjutant general.

"We've had many good exchanges with both military and civilian partnerships. We've made many friendships with the leaders and people of Armenia. What's key about visits such as this is they can learn from us, but we learn from them, as well.

"We have a number of Kansas Guardsmen who are also law enforcement officers. It is my hope that we can get more of these Citizen-Soldiers involved in this important police initiative."

James Brown is one of those Citizen-Soldiers, or in his case, Citizen-Airmen.

Brown is a chief master sergeant with the Kansas Air National Guard and in April will become the state command chief master sergeant, making him the senior noncommissioned Airman in the Kansas National Guard.

On the civilian side, Brown is a lieutenant colonel in the Kansas City Police Department and was recently appointed assistant chief of the department.

Brown merges his civilian and National Guard duties as law enforcement liaison with the State Partnership Program. Brown knows firsthand the importance of the program's exchange visits, having visited Armenia on several occasions as part of the State Partnership Program.

"My past trips to Armenia have been very educational," said Brown. "I have learned so much during my travels there."

The Republic of Armenia delegation consisted of Col. Karen Mehrabyan, deputy head of the Public Order Department of the Police; Lt. Col. Vladimir Avagimyan, deputy head of Arabkir Police District and advisor to the National Coordinator of CP issues; Maj. Armen Doydoyan, head of the Prevention Unit, Erebuni District Police; Maj. Vardan Hovhannisyan, head of Community Police Unit, Arabkir Police Station and Maj. Hakob Petrosyan, deputy head of Information Analysis, Planning and Supervisions Division, Headquarters, Police of the Republic of Armenia.

 

 

Related Articles
Sgt. 1st Class Joe Wyner, state marksmanship coordinator, New Hampshire Army National Guard, left, presents Capt. Robert Matzelle, commander of Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain), with the first-place trophy as the 2024 New Hampshire National Guard Combat Marksmanship Match individual champion June 8, 2024. Matzelle defended his title from last year as the match’s top shot, placing first out of 90 competitors.
Champions Repeat at NH National Guard Marksmanship Match
By Master Sgt. Charles Johnston, | June 13, 2024
FORT DEVENS, Mass. - Team El Salvador and Mountain Company Commander Capt. Robert Matzelle defended their titles in the 2024 New Hampshire National Guard Combat Marksmanship Match June 6-8. The Salvadorans bested a field of...

Airmen assigned to 167th Airlift Wing fire the M4 carbine during weapon qualification training at the 167th Airlift Wing firing range, Martinsburg, West Virginia, June 7, 2024.
West Virginia Air National Guard Wing Conducts ’Super Drill’
By Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle, | June 13, 2024
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The 167th Airlift Wing conducted an annual extended drill June 6-9 at Shepherd Field.In contrast to the standard two-day drill weekend, the four-day assembly is known as “super drill“ and offers more time...

U.S. Air Force medical specialists assigned to the 124th Medical Group, Idaho National Guard, trained in a field environment near Little Camas Reservoir in Elmore County June 5-8, 2024, .
Idaho Medical Airmen Train in Field to Boost Readiness
By Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur, | June 13, 2024
MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho - Airmen from the Idaho Air National Guard’s 124th Medical Group trained in a field environment near Little Camas Reservoir in Elmore County June 5-8 to prepare for future deployments.“The intent for this...