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Senior Project Manager

first_imgDefinitionUnder general supervision, the Professional Expert providesassistance and support in accordance with assignments anddirections from the supervisor. Professional Experts:Have specialized knowledge or expertise not generally requiredof or found in the classifications established by theDistrict.Must be specially trained, experienced, or competent to performexpert services.Are used on a temporary basis for a specific project orprojects.Terms of employment will be described in the ProfessionalExpert Agreement Non-academic, non-classified Professional Experts are notpart of classified service. Non-academic, non-classified short-termemployees are at-will employees and have no entitlement rights toany position in the District. Professional Expert employment shallnot result in the displacement of Classified personnel.* Retired CalPERS Annuitants: may not exceed 960 hours in afiscal year (July 1 through June 30)*REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:Works directly with a senior level manager and/or administrator inthe development, implementation and execution of multiple projectsor a very large, complex project; Responsible for budget, reportingand meeting the timeline expectations of assigned project. Willwork directly on behalf of the District and/or college to serve asthe point of contact for vendors, contractors, and outside agenciesto ensure contractual obligations are met. Maintains and updatesexpectations and changes in project goals or timelines directly tosenior level manager and/or administrator.Qualifications and Physical DemandsEducation and Experience:Level I – Work experience and/or training in related jobcategory is required, including valid licenses and/orcertifications, if applicable.Level II – Extensive work experience and/or training that isdirectly related to job category is required, including validlicenses and/or certifications, if applicable. Conditions of EmploymentThis is a professional expert position. The District reserves theright to extend, modify, or eliminate this position based uponavailable funds. The effective dates of employment will be arrangedwith the supervisor.This is a recruitment for an applicant POOL to filltemporary/short-term assignments on an as-needed basis. Departmentsor Divisions will refer to the POOL of applications on file to filltemporary/short-term assignments as the need arises. Applicationswill remain in the pool for one year. You will be contacted by thehiring manager should the department/division be interested inscheduling an interview. Please do not call the Office of HumanResources regarding the status of your application .Employment is contingent upon verification of employment history,background verification as governed under Education Coderequirements, eligibility to work in the United States, andapproval by the CCCD Board of Trustees. The hours of work andeffective date of employment will be arranged with thesupervisor.Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; theinability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employeefrom retaining employment.The person holding this position is considered a mandatedreporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Actand is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CoastCommunity College District policies, procedures, and Title IX.(Reference: BP/AP 5910)The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms ofdiversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusiveenvironment within which students, staff, administrators, andfaculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the District’sstrategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply.Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicantswith disabilities who self-disclose.Application materials must be electronically submitted on-lineat http://www.cccd.edu/employment . Incomplete applications and applicationmaterials submitted by mail will not be considered.Additional InformationAPPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: To be considered for thisopportunity, you must submit a COMPLETE application packet. Acomplete application packet includes:A complete Coast Community College District OnlineEmployment Application.Answers to ALL Supplemental Questions, if any (pleaseprovide clear and detailed responses, where applicable, as theywill be carefully evaluated to determine the most qualifiedcandidate(s) to be invited for an interview; please do not pasteyour resume, put ‘see resume’ or ‘N/A’, or leave blank).A current Resume (as a separate attachment – PDFrecommended).Candidates will also be responsible for all travel expenses ifselected for an interview, the Coast Community College Districtdoes not reimburse for candidate travel expenses.Disability AccommodationsIf you require accommodations in the Application or ExaminationProcess, please notify Human Resources by calling (714)438-4714.PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:The physical demands are representative of those that must bemet by an employee to successfully perform the essential functionsof this job.The work environment characteristics are representative ofthose an employee encounters while performing the essentialfunctions of this job.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individualswith disabilities to perform the essential functions.A detailed list of physical demands and work environment is onfile and will be provided upon request.This direct link 2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASFSR) is the 2020Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for Coast Colleges. Thecrime statistics for calendar years 2017, 2018, and 2019 weresubmitted to the U.S. Department of Education as required under theJeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus CrimeStatistics Act. A hardcopy can be provided from one of the CampusSafety Offices. Please contact any of the Campus Safety Offices forany questions regarding the report.The Coast Community College District is a multi-college districtthat includes Coastline Community College , Golden WestCollege , and Orange Coast College . The three colleges offerprograms in transfer, general education, occupational/technicaleducation, community services and student support services.Coastline, Golden West and Orange Coast Colleges enroll more than60,000 students each year in more than 300 degree and certificateprograms.Since its founding in 1947, the Coast Community College Districthas enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community collegedistricts in the United States. Governed by a locally elected Boardof Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays animportant role in the community by responding to needs of achanging and increasingly diverse population.Coast Community College District is an Equal OpportunityEmployerThe Coast Community College District is committed to employingqualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members whoare dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizesthat diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness,promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitablerole models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring andstaff development processes that support the goals of equalopportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for allqualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfullyin providing educational or employment opportunities to any personon the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, genderexpression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexualorientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mentaldisability, military or veteran status, or geneticinformation.last_img read more

OCHS Starts School Year With Pep Rally, Primary and Intermediate Schools Begin

first_imgNaya Gilchrist, 15, of Ocean City, shows her excitement to start the new school year at Ocean City High School where the day began with music and school spirit. By Maddy VitaleThe staff at the Ocean City School District is behind the students – 100 percent.And they made that known with a pep rally in front of the high school as some of the 1,275 students poured into a festive entrance, where Schools Superintendent Kathleen Taylor and High School Principal Matt Jamison greeted them with handshakes, waves and even pom-poms.Schools Superintendent Kathleen Taylor, teacher Kelly Halliday and High School Principal Matt Jamison give the students a warm welcome.Students also began classes in the Primary School and Intermediate School on Thursday.The day before classes, students in the Primary School and their parents had a chance to meet the teachers and other school staff, new friends and got to see their classrooms, all ways to help them acclimate before the big day, school officials explained.For a first day at the high school, the mood was anything but routine. Students strolled in with the school band playing in the background. Inside, teachers lined the hallways and spoke with each other and students. The staff members wore Red Raiders T-shirts with “100%” emblazoned on the back – the theme of the district for the new school year. “We want to show that we are there for our students – 100 percent,” Jamison said at the school entrance amid the bustle of students and staff. “We wanted to change the perception of the first day, as the dreaded first day of school, and make it an opening day.”A large banner was draped across the back wall of a staircase at the entrance to welcome students.Students got a huge welcome back to school.“The theme of being behind the kids 100 percent, is to show students that, although we are based on academics and athletics, we are also centered on emotional and social wellness,” Jamison said. Upper classmen handed out maps to freshmen and signage throughout the hallways welcomed the Class of 2022 and the other classes. Music filled the school, helping to set an upbeat and lively mood to start the new year. The hallway bustles with students on the first day of school.There was even a raffle where you would get tickets to various sports events if you guessed how many “Howies,” – the Red Raider mascot, were in a bin at the front of the school.Naya Gilchrist, 15, a sophomore from Ocean City, was already in a good mood before she set out for her first day of school Thursday morning.She said there are so many things she likes about Ocean City High School it is hard to say what she likes best.“I’m very excited to start sophomore year,” Gilchrist said. “It’s a great school. The athletics and academics are great. I love it here.”Students enter class and are greeted by the administration, their teachers, coaches and fellow students.The superintendent said the goal of the district is to offer an environment with a complete experience, which includes academics, athletics, health and wellness.“It is all about social and emotional support and providing a caring environment for our students,” Taylor said. “We love our kids and want them to feel that connection.”Jaden Millstein, 17, of Margate, is going to be a junior this year. He said he was happy to be starting the new year. He stopped to speak with Jill Berenato, the school’s student assistance counselor and nurse. Jill Berenato, the high school nurse and student assistance counselor, chats with junior, Jaden Millstein, 17, of Margate.“I love Jill. She’s great and I love this school,” said Millstein, who has attended Ocean City High School since he was a freshman.Students stopped to ask Berenato all types of things. One student asked her if he needed a hall pass.“Not today,” she said with a smile, then telling him to have a good day.Berenato said she is really pleased with the direction the district is going in offering a full experience for the students.“This year, we are concentrating on the overall health and wellness of the student, not only in the district, but in the community,” she noted. “I am really pleased.”The band and staff at Ocean City High School get ready for students to enter the school at the start of the school year Thursday.Ocean City Primary School had a meet and greet with families and school staff the day before school began. (Photo Ben Hale, JASM Consulting)last_img read more

Manic Focus & Buku Are Throwing Down In NYC Tomorrow Night

first_imgJohn “JmaC” McCarten, more famously known as Manic Focus, has found himself in the corner of hip-hop, funk, and electronic soul music. Unbound to any specific genre, the Chicago-based producer’s roots run deep in a diverse array of musical influences, from early classical piano training to a cultivation of hip-hop infused electro-soul bangers.Manic Focus Releases New Beat-Heavy Single ‘Sowing My Zone’ [Listen]Having toured extensively with Big Gigantic, GRiZ, Paper Diamond, Minnesota, and Break Science, Manic Focus will be bringing the heat to New York City’s The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night with none other than Buku. The two recently shared stages for both a New Year’s Eve throw-down and at The Ogden to crowds of over 1,000 dancing happy people. Limited amount of tickets remain, so act now.To last you from now until tomorrow, listen to the All Good Records Radio Mix #2, officially curated by Manic Focus himself. Turn it up!Manic Focus w/ Buku @ The Bowery BallroomMarch 4, 2016Doors 8 pm / Show 9 pmAges 18+Tickets // RSVPlast_img read more

Harvard Alumni Association announces candidates for Harvard Overseers and elected directors

first_imgThis spring, alumni can vote for a new group of Harvard Overseers and Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) elected directors.Ballots will be mailed no later than April 1 and must be received in Cambridge by noon on May 22 to be counted. Results of the election will be announced at HAA’s annual meeting on May 28, on the afternoon of Commencement.  All holders of Harvard degrees, except Corporation members and officers of instruction and government, are entitled to vote for Overseer candidates.  The election for HAA directors is open to all Harvard degree holders.Candidates for Overseer may also be nominated by petition, that is, by obtaining a prescribed number of signatures from eligible degree holders.  The deadline for all petitions is Feb. 2.The HAA’s nominating committee has proposed the following candidates in 2015:For OverseerR. Martin Chavez AB ’85, SM ’85Chief Information Officer and Partner, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.New York, NYFernande R. V. Duffly, J.D ’78Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial CourtBoston, MASandra Edgerley AB ’84, MBA ’89Non-profit Strategist and Community VolunteerBrookline, MABrian Greene AB ’84Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Columbia UniversityNew York, NYBeth Y. Karlan AB ’78, MD ’82Director, Women’s Cancer Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLALos Angeles, CACarl F. Muller AB ’73, JD ’76, MBA ’76Attorney at LawGreenville, SCDavid B. Weinberg AB ’74Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Judd Enterprises, Inc.Chicago, ILJohn Silvanus Wilson, Jr. MTS ’81, EdM ’82, EdD ’85President, Morehouse CollegeAtlanta, GAFor Elected DirectorKrzysztof Daniewski MBA ’99President, Ivy Poland FoundationWarsaw, PolandPaige Ennis MPA ’10Vice President, Office of External Relations, Atlantic CouncilWashington, D.C.Ellen M. Guidera MBA ’86Investor and Director Portillo Ski Resort and Tierra HotelsSantiago, ChileAndrew Herwitz AB ’83, JD ’90President, The Film Sales CompanyNew York, NYSharon E. Jones AB ’77, JD ’82President and CEO, OH Community PartnersChicago, ILWilliam R. Koehler AB ’87Senior Financial Services ExecutiveShaker Heights, OHTracy “Ty” Moore II AB ’06Co-Founder, MindBlown LabsOakland, CAAnders Yang JD ’94Assistant Dean, Office of External Relations, The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California IrvineIrvine, CAAriel Zwang AB ’85, MBA ’90CEO, Safe HorizonNew York, NYlast_img read more

The Unseen Ballet: The Intersection of Technology and Humanity

first_imgAt Dell Technologies, we are technology optimists. Meaning we truly believe technology has the power to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges, break down barriers, and create opportunity for all. We work hard to bring this belief and our commitment to inclusion to life through our brand – from the advertising we create to the experiences we build not only for our customers but our communities and the world.We were inspired by one of our television spots which features a woman at a ballet performance who is visually impaired. Through a pair of advanced technology glasses, she is able to see a dancer twirling on stage for the first time.We wondered – could we bring this idea to life right here in our hometown of Austin, Texas, and give back to the community where we started it all? The answer was a resounding yes. After all, we’re optimists! And so, The Unseen Ballet was born. Earlier this month, in partnership with Ballet Austin and eSight, a leader in assistive technology, we equipped Austinites who are visually impaired with special glasses that enabled them to view a live performance of The Nutcracker with their families for the first time.With over 150 community members in attendance, this was a truly special event that brought families together this holiday season. One person in attendance was an eight-year-old girl named Lily who loves to dance. Lily was diagnosed with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia which has led to blindness in her right eye and limited vision in her left eye. Despite her love for dance, her disability had previously prevented her from seeing a ballet performance. She came dressed for the occasion in her very own ballet outfit, sat in the front, put on her glasses, and was able to see the ballet with her mom for the first time. A truly magical moment that demonstrates how technology can break down barriers and open the door to new possibilities. You can learn more about Lily and the Unseen Ballet in the video below: We hope that Lily, whose motto is “I can do even the hardest things,” will inspire the optimist in you. Visit here for more on The Unseen Ballet experience.last_img read more

Culturalist Challenge! Rank the Top 10 Broadway Roles for Josh Groban

first_img View Comments The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. Grammy-nominated crooner Josh Groban has been teasing us about coming to Broadway for ages. Now he’s putting a deadline on his Broadway aspirations, and it has us daydreaming about what part would be a perfect fit. With that in mind, we’ve asked you to join us in dreamcasting the hunk with the golden voice. We want to know: What are your top 10 parts for Josh Groban to play on Broadway? Broadway.com News Editor Imogen Lloyd Webber kicked off this new challenge with her list of top 10 picks here. Now it’s your turn…STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! Star Filescenter_img Josh Grobanlast_img read more

Weekend Picks: Spring Thaw Trail Run and Mountain Bike

first_imgSaturday, March 8th – The Grant at Willowsford, near Leesburg, VirginiaThe REV3 Adventure trail series caters to trail runners and mountain bikers.The series consists of three trail run events and three mountain bike events. Race one event or all six to earn the title of Trail Master. The group will crown a trail runner series champ, a mountain bike series champ, and the series champ of Trail Master.According to the group’s website, the race features dedicated private single-track trails at Willowsford and the classic technical trails at Fountainhead. Post-race food and refreshments are provided, including beer from local breweries. At Fountainhead racers can expect a hot dog and chili feast.If you raced last year in their Willowsford trail series, note that they are doing things a little differently in 2014. Now you’ll have two chances to be Trail Master–the Spring Thaw will count as one series, and the timing starts over with the Fall Foliage races.Come pound out some trails and keep that New Year’s resolution alive. The second annual Spring Thaw Dash will get you up, out, and saying good bye to the winter blues. Willowsford, a new community in Ashburn, Virginia, where the vision is “Inspired Living,” has a purpose-built trail system with a variety of terrain features, offering runners and riders a fun and moderately challenging course. You will take single track through Willowsford’s Conservancy areas, passing through open fields, pine forests, and thick oak groves. Come and experience the best of Virginia’s countryside on two wheels or two feet.Schedule:10:00 am – Trail run race start – 5k and 10k12:30 pm – MTB race start – Weekend Warriors and Trail Experts12:35 pm – MTB race start – Young Warrior & NewbiesClick here for more info.last_img read more

The Omni Homestead – Hot Springs, VA

first_imgCurrently, all guests ages 5 and older must wear a face mask in accordance with Virginia’s mandates and adhere to social distancing guidelines. For our snow sports, we will be implementing additional measures such as lift line barriers, designated entrances and exits, single direction traffic flow and thorough sanitizing of rental equipment between uses. Resort associates will manage the lift line to ensure adequate spacing is observed. Skiable Acres? 42 The iconic Omni Homestead Resort offers unparalleled charm and genuine hospitality. Located in the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia, the resort features a wide array of outdoor activities along with award-winning golf and a luxurious Spa. The Omni Homestead offers a host of activities, including carriage rides, trap, skeet, sporting clays, ice skating, archery, and The Homestead S’mores Express. Unwind and rejuvenate at The Spa at The Omni Homestead with a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure or body treatment. The adults-only Serenity Garden, adjacent to the Spa, features the Octagon Pool which is fed by two natural hot springs. Average Inches of Snowfall? 30 What activities are available beyond the slopes? How many beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails are there? Longest run? 1/2 mile Are there activities available in the off-season? Washington, D.C. – 3.5 hoursRichmond, Va. – 2.5 hoursCharlottesville, Va. – 2 hoursRoanoke, Va. – 1 hourLexington, Ky. – 6 hrsCharlotte, N.C. – 4.5 hrsWinston Salem, N.C – 3.5 hrsAtlanta, Ga. – 8 hrsChattanooga, Tenn. – 5 hrs What are the best runs and why? Q: What do you offer beginners who want to learn to ski? At The Omni Homestead Resort, the health and safety of our guests and associates has always been, and always will be, our top priority. COVID-19 has changed every facet of our world and the way we do business. In an effort to Stay A Part of Safety, we have updated our already thorough cleaning guidelines and implemented additional processes and procedures to ensure your health, safety and comfort. The Omni Safe & Clean initiative follows the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Executive Orders 63 and 67. Protocols and guidelines from these authorities are expected to evolve, and as such, so will our below processes and procedures. Similarly, these guidelines meet or exceed the “Stay Safe” initiative set forth by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). To expedite the check-in process, we strongly encourage advance ticket purchases via our online store or upon arrival at the resort’s front desk. Waivers and rental forms will also be available at the front desk and should be completed prior to arriving at the Mountain Lodge. For guests renting equipment for two or more days, their reserved rentals will be marked with their name and room number and available at Kober’s from 8:30-10:30 am on their second, third or fourth day. Pass Prices?$199 individual Where is the best place to stay in the area? What are the best après ski activities at the resort and in the area? What guidelines and protocols have you put in place to keep visitors and employees safe during COVID-19? Number of lifts? 2 Opening Day Date? December 24 Driving Distance to Nearest Major City/Cities? The Omni Homestead offers a comfortable, relaxed and uncrowded area ideal for beginners. Home to the Sepp Kober Ski School, The Omni Homestead maintains an experienced team of ski and snowboard instructors who offer private lessons for all levels. Our best run is Upper Main, which offers a spectacular view of the valley. Plus, it is just steep enough to provide a bit of confidence building for our novice skiers and riders. 3 beginner, 5 intermediate, 1 advanced Do you offer any family friendly activities? The Homestead offers a variety of family friendly activities including indoor and outdoor pools, ice skating, archery, carriage rides and historic tours. One of the most popular family pastimes is making s’mores on the lawn. Families also enjoy challenging each other in DownTime, our family game area which features mini bowling, air hockey, arcade games and more. Base/summit elevation? 2,500 ft/ 3,200 ft After a day on the slopes, enjoy brisket and a Virginia craft beer at Kober’s at the Mountain Lodge. Or, make reservations for dinner in Jefferson’s where the focus is on regional cuisine such as the Highland County Rack of Lamb and Allegheny Trout. On Friday and Saturday nights, relax by the fireplaces in the Great Hall with a high-end bourbon, Scotch, gin or wine from the Lobby Bar. Reservations will be required for tubing and ice skating and limited to 25 persons per session. Ice skating sessions will be 75 minutes with a 15-minute break between sessions for cleaning and rink maintenance. In the warmer months, The Omni Homestead offers falconry, horseback riding, golf, hiking, carriage rides, zip lining, archery, mountain biking, fly fishing and other activities. Number of Slopes? 9last_img read more

Senate passes Great American Outdoors Act

first_imgHere you can reach out to encourage your Representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 7092: https://www.votervoice.net/STS/campaigns/64379/respond Outdoor lovers, ready for some good news? “By combining two longstanding public lands measures, the Great American Outdoors Act manages to promote better outdoor experiences today while ensuring that future generations will have the same special places to enjoy tomorrow,” Anders Reynolds, Federal Legislative Director for the Southern Environmental Law Center said in a press release. “Permanent funding for the popular Land and Water Conservation Fund is the perfect complement to the effort to address the $20 billion maintenance backlog in our National Parks—often called America’s best idea. SELC applauds the Senate’s passage of this important legislation and encourages the House of Representatives to act on it and other deserving public lands priorities soon.”  Here you can find a break down of the impact for Southeastern states: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5d13d61e9f576c000131df23/t/5ee6637a945e9b489ad0dee7/1592157051053/NPS+Visitor+Spending+Effects.2019.pdf Helpful Resourcescenter_img The bill now heads to the House of Representatives where it is expected to have bipartisan support. In March, President Trump requested such a bill when he tweeted, “I’m calling on Congress to send me a Bill that fully and permanently funds the LWCF and restores our National Parks.” He is expected it sign it into law.   Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted 73-25 to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, considered the biggest federal lands bill in 50 years. The bill fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a level of $900 million every year. The LWCF is considered the single largest funding source of outdoor recreation. Additionally, up to another $9.5 billion over five years will be provided to address backlogged maintenance issues in national parks and the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Education. Seventy percent of the $9.5 billion will go to the park service.  A teenager stands on the top the Little Stony Man mountain waiting for sunset in the Shenandoah National Park – Photo from Getty Imageslast_img read more

El Salvador Creates First Elite Unit to Combat Gangs

first_img On April 19, a total of 302 Salvadoran police officers graduated from the first anti-gang unit, specialized in intelligence and even in the language of the so-called ‘maras,’ although the two most feared groups, MS-13 and M-18, have a truce that has reduced crime. With blue-black uniforms, sawed-off assault rifles, and ski masks, the agents, including 12 women, were sworn in on a soccer field at the National Public Safety Academy in Comalapa, 44 km southeast of San Salvador. The unit “was created with the aim of strengthening the fight against criminal organizations like gangs,” President Mauricio Funes declared after presiding over the graduation ceremony. “I want to express my gratitude for the dedication of those who are demonstrating that in order to have an active, efficient, honest, and brave force confronting a powerful enemy that is attacking the very entrails of the Salvadoran state, a great deal of courage and bravery are required today,” Funes exclaimed. Accompanied by security authorities, President Funes emphasized that the agents were “highly trained in the areas of intervention, investigation, and intelligence.” Between June and July, the elite unit, which is led by Commissioner Pedro González, will receive new training from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). “I want to emphasize that these 302 new police officers underwent a rigorous selection process, with the aim that they meet the requirements of suitability, both moral and physical integrity, and commitment in carrying out their work with the Salvadoran people,” Funes commented. Of the 302 agents, 68 are part of an intelligence division, 174 make up the intervention (suppression) group, and 60 are part of the the investigative division, according to official reports. The unit’s primary task will be to combat extortion, which is widely practiced by gangs, chiefly targeting bus owners and retailers, but also families. The police force, which will be deployed in coming days, will fall under the new anti-gang subdirectorate of the National Civil Police (PNC), which will also include the 150 personnel of what is known as the Special Police Operations Group and the Transnational Anti-Gang Center. As of February, El Salvador had an average homicide rate of 65 per 100,000 inhabitants, making it one of the world’s most violent countries. By Dialogo April 23, 2012last_img read more