Five Reno, Nevada police officers are in Ukraine for two-months to help train Kiev’s police force, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported on February 4, 2015. The department was identified as a participant through former Reno Assistant Chief Ron Glensor, who is now with the U.S. Department of Justice’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP.)
What is bothersome about this is the fact that organization is a well sourced front for the Central Intelligence Agency. During the 1990’s ICITAP began providing the agency with ‘official cover’ to infiltrate foreign police agencies when it began its first operations in Panama following the U.S. military invasion.
As Strategic Culture Foundation’s Wayne Madsen writes:
“Operations were then expanded to Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Georgia, Croatia, Serbia, Armenia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Macedonia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Albania, Liberia, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, South Africa, and Iraq. ICITAP and CIA operations were closely linked in counter-narcotics/insurgency operations in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, and Haiti.”
“In August 1999, ‘The Progressive’ magazine reported that, “Janice Stromsen, a career employee of the Justice Department who served as ICITAP’s director, resisted the program’s takeover by CIA elements,” Madsen points out. “In February (1999,) Stromsen was relieved of her duties after complaining to the Justice Department Inspector General that ICITAP was being used by the CIA to recruit agents among foreign police officials.”
“ICITAP grew out of a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program started in the early 1960s that saw U.S. police officers assigned to foreign police agencies for the purpose of training,” adds Madsen. “However, it soon became obvious the CIA was using the USAID program to gain influence over foreign police agencies to combat Soviet and Chinese influence.”
Kiev police candidates face a four-stage process that includes a test of general skills, physical agility, psychological profiling, and a face-to-face interview. The selection and training will be supervised by those five Reno Police officers.
The Reno Police Department is the first police department in the U.S. to be selected for such a mission. The Department of Justice is footing the entire bill for the mission.
UPDATE 02/25/15: The Reno City Council has voted to bring back the five Reno Police officers who are training police officers in Kiev, Ukraine. The council was initially told the Department of Justice would be picking up the tab; it turned out the city was paying their salaries.