DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today welcomed nine investigators from Baja, Mexico to Colorado for a four-day training seminar, sponsored by USAID through the Conference of Western Attorneys General.
“Over the past few years, we in the Colorado criminal justice system have worked very hard to improve communication with our friends in law enforcement south of the border,” commented Attorney General Suthers. “Through our cooperative efforts, we have been very successful in stemming the flow of drugs from Mexico, especially methamphetamine. I am pleased that Colorado is able to take part in Mexico’s efforts to revamp and improve its criminal justice system.”
USAID is providing assistance to six Mexican states that are working to change their criminal justice systems, replacing the current inquisitorial system, which is based almost entirely on written procedure, with an oral, adversarial system similar to that of the United States.
This week’s training is being conducted at no expense to the State of Colorado. Agencies participating in the training include the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, National Association of Attorneys General, and Conference of Western Attorneys General.