WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — A delegation of officials from the Family Protection Department (FPD) of the Government of Jordan’s Public Security Directorate (PSD) and other agencies concluded a two-week seminar with the New York Police Department (NYPD) concentrating on New York City’s approach to domestic violence and child abuse prevention and prosecution. The goal of the seminar was to illustrate New York’s coordinated approach, exchange views and best practices, and identify initiatives for potential adoption by Jordan. A closing ceremony was held in Manhattan, which was chaired by Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary William McGlynn and NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

The interdisciplinary delegation was comprised of police officers from FPD, prosecutors from the Ministry of Justice, forensic physicians from the Ministry of Health, and social workers from the Ministry of Social Development. The group observed how various New York City agencies address and coordinate on domestic violence and child abuse, including the police department, the district attorneys’ offices, the medical examiner, hospitals, shelters, and social service agencies.

The seminar was sponsored by INL and coordinated by NYPD. The INL program in Jordan provides ongoing assistance to the Government of Jordan in three areas: reduction of gender-based violence, intellectual property rights enforcement, and anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism.