|International visitors meet with local police|
|Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor|
May 27, 2005 - Hopkins County law enforcement had a rare opportunity Saturday to share information on law enforcement procedures and methods with top police officials from India and Pakistan.
Dr. Sultan Azam Temuri, senior superintendent of Police Headquarters, Islamabad, Pakistan; Sahibzada Muhammad Anis, political agent in Peshawar, Pakistan; Firoze Zia Hussain, superintendent of police in Pondicherry, India; and Pratyush Kanth, city editor for the Times of India, the largest newspaper in the world, were part of a United States Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program on a tour of the Dallas area and a visit to Sulphur Springs that was requested by the foreign officials.
The group was welcomed to Hopkins County by County Judge Cletis Millsap, and heard presentations from Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jim Bayuk and Hopkins County Sheriff Butch Adams before taking a lunch break Saturday and a short tour of the city.
In the afternoon session, Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Tony McCollum gave the visitors information on his department’s role in law enforcement and cooperation with local authorities.
Also speaking to the group was Texas Ranger Philip Kemp and Ron Plaxco, assistant commander of Red River Valley Drug Task Force.
The tour is part of an international effort to bring about understanding and communications between the various agencies and countries.
Jerry Jordan, a member of the Dallas World Alliance, hosted the Hopkins County tour. Jordan is a retired Dallas attorney and operates a ranch in northern Hopkins County. Jordan said this tour and a similar tour late last year provided an excellent opportunity for participants to learn more about their U.S. counterparts and to help expand the world community in an effort to combat international crime.
Concepcioñ C. Vasquez, representing the United States Department of State accompanied the tour and served as a liaison for the two countries as well as a facilitator and tour guide.
After leaving Sulphur Springs Saturday afternoon the international group traveled to Mesquite to attend the rodeo there before returning to Dallas and their homes in India and Pakistan.