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Joseph Trincellito  International Consultant









     RULE OF LAW               POLICE DEVELOPMENT               PUBLIC SECURITY               POST CONFLICT               FRAGILE/FAILING STATES 


After nearly 30 years of federal service, I am applying the same commitment to excellence to supporting international rule of law and police development projects as an independent consultant.  Much of my recent work has been in post conflict environments where our "lessons learned" work, looking retrospectively at Haiti and other interventions, has shown that supporting the rule of law requires a long-term commitment to development efforts and extensive civilian and military coordination and cooperation.  - Joe Trincellito.

What's New:  I recently returned from Mexico City where I was working on the Merida-funded police professionalization project. My primary focus was on police training for both preventive and investigative police with special emphasis on human rights, police ethics and anti-corruption mechanisms. A particularly interesting aspect of this effort is that it expands police assistance to the state and municipal level. Previously, I was privileged to be able to design and conduct a Criminal Investigation training program to the Mongolia Special Investigation Unit.  This unit is responsible for the investigation of alleged criminal activity by officials in Mongolia's justice sector.  This includes investigation of allegations against judges, prosecutors and police.  As with my recent work in Afghanistan, police and prosecutor cooperation in the investigative process was emphasized.

BEST PRACTICES IN POLICE REFORM: Major Lessons Learned and Best Practices in Police Redesign, based on US experience in foreign police reform efforts, are detailed in this Powerpoint outline of an oral presentation given by Joe Trincellito, in Mexico City, in 2005.   Specific aspects of police redesign in such areas as: authorizing legislation; documentation of policies and procedures; needs assessment; strategic planning; institutional and cultural change processes; public participation and support for police reform; oversight and accountability, and "political will" for reform.  

TRINCELLITO AND STROMSEM ON POST-CONFLICT LESSONS:  Joe Trincellito and Jan Stromsem have drafted a number of commentaries on Lessons Learned and Best Practices related to police development in post-conflict countries.   These frequently highlight strategic planning issues, operational imperatives and the need for civilian and military cooperation.  Download a copy of "Peacebuilding in Haiti: Lessons Learned in Building the Haitian National Police," presented at the International Peace Academy in January 2002.  Also available is "Building the Haitian National Police," published by Trinity College (April 2003). 

TRINCELLITO COMMENTARY ON LESSONS LEARNED FROM HAITI ON BUILDING SUSTAINABLE POST-CONFLICT DEMOCRACIES:  Trincellito's  February 2004 commentary on the lessons on exporting democracy that can be learned from the experience in Haiti.  Notably, that a free and fair election does not a democracy make.  Democracies take time to build, require education of the electorate and a consensus among civil society on a "vision" for their democracy.  Read a full text of Trincellito commentary on lessons learned about exporting democracy from Haiti.   

TRINCELLITO ON EXPERIENCE IN POLICE REFORM IN LATIN AMERICA:   Joe Trincellito and Anne Patterson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central America and the Caribbean, constituted a panel that provided a summary of US governmental efforts in police reform and human rights to a group of over 180 scholars, US and foreign government officials, congressional staff, journalists and human rights activists.  The Panel, the International Community: Experiences with Police Assistance and Reform, was part of a conference co-sponsored by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), The North-south Center of the University of Miami and the Paul S. Nitze School for Advanced Institutional Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, Demilitarizing Public Order; The International Community, Police Reform and Human Rights in Central America and Haiti, held in November, 1994.

NEW ON MY BLOG: My Blog is titled Joe Ts Thoughts. I haven't kept up with the narrative for my trip to Uganda but you can follow my recent Trip to Kabul, Afghanistan with experts from my travel log. Another recent entry is the commentary: Are Lessons Really Being Learned?: Rebuilding the Police Service in Iraq.

TRINCELLITO ON NEGOTIATING TEAM FOR THE DRUG TRAFFICKING CONVENTION OF 1988:  Joe Trincellito was a member of the multi-agency United States negotiating team that, from 1984 through 1988, met with international counterparts, attended expert meetings, working groups and conferences to develop an international convention against illicit drug trafficking.  The UN Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances was finalized in 1988, signed that year by the United States and later ratified by the Senate.  Hundreds of official documents were prepared during the drafting of the convention and are archived by the UN.  Review a pdf file Drug Trafficking Treaty negotiating session sample at the final 1988 Plenipotentiary Conference proceedings, in this case one session on the control of precursor and essential chemicals, with Joe Trincellito in the chair for the US. 

DRUG CONTROL AND SCHEDULING:  As Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Administrator of DEAs Office of Diversion Control, I was part of the senior management team responsible for managing Federal government programs concerning the investigation of diversion of legally produced drugs into the illicit market, assuring drug industry compliance with narcotic and dangerous drug manufacturing; security and recordkeeping, legislative and regulatory requirements; US compliance with international drug treaties; drug scheduling, and the drafting of narcotics related policies, legislation and regulations. Information on drug control and scheduling and links to controlled substance legislative and regulatory requirements can be found on my Drug Control page.

TRINCELLITO BRIEFS PRES. AND MRS. CARTER, SAM NUNN AND COLIN POWELL IN HAITI:   During their February, 1995 visit to assess the progress made in Haiti, Joe Trincellito gave Pres. and Mrs. Carter, Sam Nunn and Colin Powell a briefing on the status of the creation of the new civilian Haitian National Police at the police academy.  After the briefing, the group toured the academy and greeted new Haitian National Police cadets.   In response to the breakdown in public security in Haiti and the increasing violence inflicted on the Haitian National Police and on the Haitian police during what has been described as "Operation Baghdad," Joe Trincellito participated in the briefing of a delegation of Haitian officials to "Help Haiti Move Forward," sponsored by the Haiti Democracy Project (November 2004).


(Photo: Carter Center)

Photo Upper left: Somali Police Committee with the late ICITAP Director Kris Kriskovich (Mogadishu, 1993) by JoeTrincellito.


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