A group of honored guests engaged in high level law enforcement and security work in Israel, along with Israel Deputy Consul General to the Southeast Anat Fisher-Tsin, visited the Davis Academy Middle School last week.

The visit was part of this year’s Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) program, a joint public partnership project of Georgia State University and local, state, federal and international law enforcement agencies.  The program is housed at GSU’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

The 19-member GILEE group is comprised of men and women working in all areas of law enforcement in Israel — from online juvenile protection to border guard units to prison service.  GILEE’s Founding Director Dr. Robbie Friedmann, a professor emeritus of criminal justice who is also a past Davis Academy Board member, accompanied the group on their two- week program in Georgia.  In addition to the Davis Academy visit, their agenda has included training with federal, state, county, and local police agencies in Atlanta, Columbus, Covington, Forsyth, Gwinnett County, Rome, Savannah, and Worth County.  

Davis Academy students and teachers were permitted a rare opportunity to ask the group questions about their important work in Israel.  The middle school students asked about working in the field, how terrorists behave in custody, if the Israelis have an equivalent of American Miranda rights, and what they could tell the students about terrorism prevention measures inn Israel.  Then the Israeli visitors were given a chance to ask questions of the American students.  Specifically, they wanted to know how the students and their families react when they hear about terror attacks in Israel and, secondly, what is the connection they feel to Israel? 

Several students answered that hearing about attacks on Israel made them feel afraid and worried, especially since such incidents are outside of their own experiences. Davis Academy eighth grader Rami Fabian, whose father is Israeli and who said he has been to Israel at least a dozen times himself, effusively shared his feelings of his love for Israel and thanked the officials for all they do to keep the country safe.

The Davis Academy also enjoys a cordial partnership with the local officers of the Sandy Springs Police force, who were invited to meet the Israeli delegation before their talk to the students. At that time, Davis Academy Middle School students presented to Sandy Springs Chief of Police Kenneth DeSimone and Captain John Mullin letters of thanks for their service and protection written by Davis Academy first grade students.

The Davis Academy serves students four-years of age through eighth grade at its two state-of-the-art campuses in the Sandy Springs/Dunwoody area. The Davis Academy program includes project-based learning, integrated technology, accelerated math, fine arts, athletics, world languages, and a foundation in Reform Jewish values, community service, student government, overnight trips, and after-school programs. For more information about The Davis Academy, visit davis academy.org.

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