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Press Release
May 26, 2011
Oregon National Guard, Portland Police Bureau members travel to Bangladesh for Regional Earthquake Seminar, Federal Community Policing Program
SALEM, Ore. - An eight-member delegation is scheduled to travel to Dahka, Bangladesh, May 28-June 2, in support of the State Partnership Program, and Federal Community Policing Programs.
Members of the Oregon National Guard are scheduled to attend the first Regional Earthquake Response Seminar, May 30-June 2. The four-day seminar is designed to bring together experts throughout the Southeast Asia region who specialize in earthquake prediction, seismic modeling, and earthquake-related emergency response.
Christopher Higgins, Professor of Structural Engineering at Oregon State University, who is traveling with the group, is scheduled to speak at the seminar.
Additionally, three representatives from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) will also visit the Bangladesh Police Academy in Rhashahi, Bangladesh during the trip.  Officials from the PPB plan to help build a community-policing curriculum along with the Bangladeshi Police Force on community policing initiatives and work to develop law enforcement training courses.
The trip is part of the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Justice. The eventual goal is to have additional PPB members travel to Bangladesh to teach various disciplines and also to host police from Bangladesh in Portland.
"We leveraged our connections in Oregon and in Bangladesh in order to help train Bangladeshi Police officers in community law enforcement, while supporting the U.S. Ambassador's country goals," said Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Mark Crosby, Oregon State Partnership Program Director.
Crosby said the Earthquake Response seminar is timely, given the recent disaster in Japan.
"There's a lot of lessons learned from the Japan earthquake that can be shared among experts throughout the Southeast Asia region," he added.
The Oregon National Guard has a partnership with Bangladesh through the State Partnership Program, which fosters mutual interests and establishes long-term relationships between Oregon and Bangladesh.
The State Partnership Program currently provides 63 partnerships between states and nations. The program continues to grow, and is endorsed at both the National Guard Bureau level and the State Department.
A National Guard Bureau Fact Sheet on the State Partnership Program can be found at: http://www.ng.mil/media/factsheets/SPP.pdf
Contact Info: For more information, contact Staff Sgt. Joseph Barto, Oregon State Partnership Program Operations NCO, at: joseph.barto@ang.af.mil, or at: 971-404-7713.