Thursday, December 27, 2012

PGPD Inspector General Carlos Acosta Speaks at International Criminal Law Program

Prince George's County Police Department Inspector General Carlos Acosta was a featured presenter for Argentina's Universidad Nacional de La Plata's Information Technology and Economic Criminal Law Program's Post-Graduate course entitled "Security, Justice and Technology."  The event took place December 5, 2012. 

IG Acosta, part of a presenting team of international specialists, discussed how PGPD, in league with federal agencies and as part of public/private collaborations, uses science and technology to successfully close criminal cases and bring perpetrators to justice.  Specifically, IG Acosta outlined the IT forensic resources PGPD has dedicated to this mission.  Additionally, he outlined specific cases involving the FBI and PGPD working in a task force setting, as well as an ongoing project between CARFAX and the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) to fight car theft both in the mid-Atlantic region as well as internationally. 

Deputy Chief Henry P. Stawinski (PGPD’s Bureau of Forensic Science & Intelligence) commented on this intercontinental collaboration: "Mr. Acosta and the PGPD are engaging the international community concerning a new model of policing that is emerging a decade after September 11, 2001. The emphasis in Prince George's County is on structures and collaboration. Law Enforcement at every level must build structures that value and capitalize on information and ensure that it is shared in active dialog. Where common issues are identified among agencies as a result of that dialog, collaboration combines resources and provides a foundation for effective enforcement."

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