SADDLE BROOK, N.J. -- A law enforcement delegation from New Jersey left the country before dawn this morning for Santo Domingo for what Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler and said is "an official visit to forge ties and build a networking relationship with the Dominican Republic National Police and the Dominican community in our area."
Others on the five-day trip sponsored by the United States Asian American Law Enforcement Foundation are Al Della Fave, a retired New Jersey State Police major who is the public information officer for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. Della Fave previously was with Port Authority police.
With them are Paul Cell, the Montclair State University Chief of Police and 3rd Vice-President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and David Chong who founded the Asian-American law enforcement group.
"This type of visit allows our organization and our law enforcement partners to build relationships and a feeling of trust between the different countries and their agencies," Kugler told Daily Voice.
The delegation will have various meetings including with Major General Nelson Peguero Paredes, head of the National Police, who just recently was appointed to the top law enforcement position, the chief said.
Members of the group will also tour and meet with the DR National Security Intelligence Agency and the DR National Military Command, he said.
They're due to return Oct. 13.
"I've had the privilege of attending other delegation visits, including to Asian countries of Korea, China, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand," Kugler said. "These type of visits allow us to not only network with foreign countries law enforcement but also to learn the culture of the people.
"It reinforces to those of foreign heritages and cultures here in our area that law enforcement cares and seeks to welcome them here in our communities," the chief said.
Chong, for his part, said his mission is "to develop a close networking relationship between the U.S. and other international countries' law enforcement representatives."
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