Major Deborah K. Burnett of the Rome Police Department
Major Deborah K. Burnett of the Rome Police Department serves as an instructor at Georgia Northwestern’s Criminal Justice program on the Floyd County Campus.

(Rome, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College Criminal Justice instructor Major Deborah Burnett has just returned from the Middle East after a two-week training in counterterrorism.

Burnett, also an officer in the City of Rome, Georgia Police Department, learned the latest in counterterrorism techniques and technologies alongside some of our nation’s top officers during a training visit to Israel. Burnett serves GNTC as an adjunct instructor on the college’s Floyd County Campus in Rome, Georgia.

She joined a delegation of sheriffs, police chiefs, a deputy commissioner and an inspector from 17 Georgia public safety and law enforcement agencies, as well as law enforcement leaders from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, who participated in the 23rd annual peer-to-peer public safety training program organized by the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) at Georgia State University.

GILEE hosts public safety exchanges, conferences and experts who introduce new, best practices in law enforcement to police and other public and private safety professionals to enhance their capabilities to serve citizens in this area. Among other honors, GILEE received the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police President’s Special Service Award for its work in 2014.

Since its 1992 founding, GILEE has graduated more than 1,050 public safety and law enforcement officials from all over the world – about half from the U.S., mostly from Georgia – through 312 training exchanges. More than 23,000 public and private safety leaders have attended GILEE’s special briefings, seminars and workshops. And GILEE has assisted Olympic security efforts around the world.

(Courtesy: Rome News-Tribune, Rome, Georgia – July 6, 2015)