Partners International Foundation and the Fairfield Connecticut Police Department recently returned from the first of many planned partnering programs with law enforcement and other community partners in Granada, Nicaragua. The Project is in partnership with the local police and governments in Latin America, Partners International Foundation, Fairfield Connecticut Police Department, the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. The program is seeking funds for travel, supplies and related expenses as well as donated equipment to complete it's work.
Granada has long been a center of commerce in Nicaragua and is becoming the national tourism hub. Thousands of tourists from the United Sates and the world visit each year and its listing among the top two places to retire on a fixed income is rapidly increasing its ex patriot population. Despite this growth is highly regarded for preserving some the finest colonial-era architecture in the country. The Granada Police Department was chosen because of its statue as one of the most open and progressive in Nicaragua, run by a Chief of Police who embraces new ideas and continually seeks to build trust and ties with the community.
Fairfield Police Chief David Peck and Partners International Foundation Founder Bob Morris partnered with Police departments in the United States and other volunteers to start the first leadership training program with the Republica de Nicaragua Policia Nacional in Granada. The project executed with the local police and governments in Latin America, Fairfield Connecticut Police Department, and the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Volunteer officers from the United States conducted the leadership training with Alianza Americana providing team building and other group development instruction.
Dr. Oscar Aragon, Alianza Americana, Chief Dave Peck Fairfield Police Department (RET), Sergeant Jim Perez Fairfield Police Department, Sergeant Felipe Rodriguez NYPD (RET), Officer Craig Ervin Fairfield Connecticut Police Department (RET), Robert C. Morris, Jr. Partners International Foundation, and Ms Katherine Elizabeth Morris, Partners International Foundation, and Ms Erin Peck conducted the leadership training. All Alianza Americana conducted the training as unpaid volunteers.
The effort culminated over two years of coordination by Morris and Peck well as the local government in Nicaragua and their Police. The need for this leadership training was identified by the Granada Chief of the Police Department.
In making the dedication Peck stated “On behalf of the men and women of the Fairfield Police Department and the officers who came on this delegation, I would like to say it has been an honor and a pleasure to meet your second chief and your first chief. They made us feel like the bothers and sisters that we are in the police service. And although we may live and work in different countries. The work we do is the same. And the danger and the calls for service that we handle are not at all different”
In addition to the motorcycle, Partners International Foundation donated enough repair parts to put four other of the department’s aging fleet of cycles back into service. Said Morris: “This is a gift not to for the Police but for the community of Granada and their Police in support of the strong ties they continue to form not only in public safety but in innovative programs to help Granada’s youth.” Morris went on to praise the community programs to engage young boys and girls in sports and other programs that advocated gender equality and peaceful resolution of conflict while reducing gangs and other destructive groups.
Partners International Foundation paid the cost and expenses of the students in Nicaragua, addition training expenses, and the cost of both the donated motorcycle and repair parts. Partners International Foundation hopes to make this an annual event as well as expand the initiative throughout Nicaragua and Latin America.
Project plan (PDF, 758KB)
Project summary (PDF, 2MB)
Items needed by the Granada Police Department (PDF, 425KB)
News story 1 (PDF, 186KB)
News story 2 (PDF, 89KB)