ILEA San Salvador

International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA)
San Salvador, El Salvador


International Law Enforcement Academy, San Salvador, El Salvador - Main BuildingAs part of the strategy to extend the influence of the International Law Enforcement Academies (ILEA) to strategic regions not yet covered by this worldwide network, the ILEA Policy Board decided to establish an ILEA for Latin America. The Policy Board entrusted an Interagency Survey Team (IST), comprised of representatives from the four member Departments of the ILEA Policy Board, to identify a suitable location in Central or South America to host the new addition to the worldwide ILEA network.

Several countries were considered, ultimately narrowing down to three: Ecuador, El Salvador and Peru. After careful consideration, the IST recommended that El Salvador be chosen as the site for the new ILEA for Latin America. The ILEA Policy Board approved this recommendation.

A Bilateral Agreement to establish the ILEA was signed with the government of El Salvador on September 21, 2005. The Agreement was subsequently ratified by the National Assembly on November 30, 2005 and the ILEA in San Salvador was officially opened.


International Law Enforcement Academy, San Salvador, El Salvador - ClassroomThe Academy is operated by a combination of managers and support staff from the United States and El Salvador. A Program Director and Deputy appointed by the United States are responsible for to the operation of the Academy, as well as for the supervision of personnel funded by the United States. There is also a Managing Director appointed by El Salvador who is responsible for the administration and management of the Academy and the supervision of personnel funded by the government of El Salvador. Non-resident trainers from the United States, Central and South America provide instruction. The host government, the U.S. Embassy and U.S. law enforcement agencies provide other significant human, logistical and material support.

Operational Procedures

International Law Enforcement Academy, San Salvador, El Salvador - Evidence Collection ExerciseThe ILEA Policy Board has designated the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) as the Lead Agency to provide infrastructure and program support for this Academy. The Department of State, through the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), provides overall policy guidance and funds most of the training and operations of the Academy.

The curriculum is structured to offer a Core Program for all countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and advanced specialized courses in pertinent topics for the Central American and Caribbean regions. The subject matter for this instruction has been developed based on the Needs Assessment process and its validation by key leaders from the ILEA participating countries. The instructional profile and training schedule is directed by the ILEA Steering Group, based on the availability of human and financial resources.

Initial offers of training to participating nations are made through the U.S. Embassies in the respective countries. Participants nominated by these countries are vetted through a rigorous process to ensure that only those with the highest moral qualities and impeccable human rights records are selected for ILEA training.


International Law Enforcement Academy, San Salvador, El Salvador - Graduating ClassILEA San Salvador operates from two temporary facilities owned by the Public Security Ministry, and part of the Public Security National Academy (ANSP in Spanish). The facilities are located in Comalapa – near the international airport – and Santa Tecla, a small community in the outskirts of San Salvador. Renovations have been completed in these temporary locations to conduct the various training initiatives until a permanent facility is built. The Government of El Salvador has designated a twelve-acre plot of land in the suburb of El Espino to erect a new building to serve as the permanent site of the ILEA. Preliminary design work for a new building is in progress and the construction project is expected to be completed – funding permitting - in about two to three years.

Overview of Programs

The ILEA CORE Program is the six-week Law Enforcement Management Development Program (LEMDP) that teaches the latest management and operational techniques to supervisory level police officers, prosecutors, judges, investigators, immigration officers and other criminal justice practitioners. This course is divided in segments taught by subject matter experts for a number of U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies.

In addition to the LEMDP, the ILEA offers a variety of specialized courses. View the List of Courses.

Participation in ILEA San Salvador is open to officials from the Caribbean, Central and South America.