QUESTION: Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange

question / pregunta: 

I work for American Friends Service Committee in Atlanta. We have recently become aware of a program called "Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange(GILEE
0". We know that they send Atlanta Police cadets to Israel for training. We know that Atlanta police spend some time on illigal settlements to learn crowd control techniques.
We are trying to find out how GILEE gets it's funding.
We know that some of the money comes from the "Marcus Foundation" and we think some may come from, "Georgia State Unniversity" or at least the program gets free space for GSU.
We are also wondering who pays "Robert Friedmann" who is the director and founder of the program. We know he get's some money from GSU but we are not sure of the extent of the GUS/GILEE connection.

Any infromation about GILEE of Mr. Friedmann would be greatly appreciated.

Tim Franzen
Peace Building Program Director
American Friends Service Committee

GILEE and Robert Friedmann

GILEE has a web site as does Dr. Robert R. Friedmann. You may have seen these already.

1) GSU/GILEE's site states:

"A joint project of Georgia State University and local, state, federal and international law enforcement agencies"

2) Friedmann (I assume that this is the same person mentioned in your query)

He has written:

A Diary of Four Years of Terrorism and Anti-Semitism: 2000-2004, vol. 1-2. (iUniverse, 2005)

One of Dr. Friedmann's community service items on his CV is:

"Advisor to the Israel Police, to the Hungarian National Police, and to U.S. police departments, on community policing and public safety."

3) Police Exchange
Georgia-Israel Officers Exchange
“Tikun Olam,” AIB TV - Channel 5, Atlanta, Georgia, October 31, 2007.

4) Marcus Foundation

Bernard Marcus and Robert Friedman are members of the board of directors of the AICC American Israel Chamber of Commerce-Southeast Region.

Billi and Bernie Marcus Foundation, Inc.
Address and Contact Information
1440 Spring St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30309-2832

Financial Data
(yr. ended 06/30/2008)
Total Assets: $2,647,416
Total Giving: $4,775,750

2008 Form 990 filing:

Grants awarded by Marcus Foundation, 2003

Funding for GILEE/Friedman

According to their website "GILEE receives funding support from private sources (corporations, associations, individuals, and GILEE graduates), and from law enforcement agencies. It also receives technical, logistical, and in-kind support from public agencies, organizations, civic associations, and government sources."

The following also fund/contribute to the program:

1. Georgia Emergency Management Agency
935 East Confederate Avenue, SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
P.O. Box 18055
Atlanta, Georgia 30316
Main phone line: (404) 635-7000 or 1-800-TRY-GEMA (in Georgia only)

2. TopEyeView, Inc.
450 S. Cemetery Street
Suite 104
Norcross, GA 30071
(678) 691-7950
(678) 691-7951
Fax: (678) 658-9102

3. Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police

He is very tight with the ATL Jewish Chamber of Commerce, they may also be a source.

He is part of the GSU academic staff and the director of the program so I'd assume that he's paid by the University (yes, you got it TAXPAYERS DOLLARS). The program is part of the university curriculum. I provided a link to his website above that may help you on your search. This program is also endorsed by the Office of the Governor of GA (not sure yet if they provide funding).

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