Organizers of the G8 Summit in Sea Island have called upon special police training from the Israeli Border Guard to prepare for any demonstrations that may take place at the high security event bringing government leaders from the most industrialized countries in the world to Georgia in June.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s director, Vernon M. Keenan, acknowledged the cooperation of Israeli police in preparing for the event during his remarks at a celebration marking the 56th anniversary of Israel’s founding held at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta in the Selig Center in Midtown last week.

“The friendship between Israel and Georgia reached a new level this year,” said Aviv Ezra, deputy consul at Israel’s Consulate General in Atlanta during the ceremony. He then presented Mr. Keenan with “A Friend of Israel Award.”

Georgia law enforcement officials learned from Israeli police methods for managing crowd control, terrorism and vandalism over the past six months.

The cooperation between law enforcement officials in Georgia and Israel began in 1992 as a joint project between Georgia State University and Georgia international law enforcement agencies.

For more information, call Stephen Green at the consulate general at (404) 487-6511.