History of ILEA Budapest

With the end of the Cold War the nations of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union came upon expanded opportunities and freedoms both politically and economically. Paradoxically, the same forces that created the positive atmosphere for freedom and economic development also provided the breeding grounds for transnational organized crime.

As a means of combating the rise of transnational organized crime, the United States developed the concept of the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA).

On December, 1994, then-President Clinton, Hungarian President Göncz and Prime Minister Horn reached an agreement that Hungary would host the first ILEA for law enforcement officers from Central Europe and the New Independent States (NIS).

ILEA Budapest opened on April 1995 supported by U.S. law enforcement agencies, Western European governments and Canada.