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Former San Jose (California) Police Chief to Head PoliceTraining in Iraq

Irving, TX (November 22, 2005) – LouisCobarruviaz, former chief of police in San Jose, California from1991 to 1998, has been appointed commander of the U.S. contingentof police advisors assigned to the Civilian Police AdvisoryTraining Team (CPATT), the component of the U.S. militaryMultinational Security Transition Command – Iraq (MNSTC-I)responsible for the U.S.-led effort to train and equip the135,000-member Iraqi police service.

Mr. Cobaruvviaz will work for DynCorp International, whichrecruits, trains, equips and supports the 500-member U.S.contingent through a contract with the U.S. Department of State. Ascontingent commander, Cobarruviaz will be the senior member of theU.S. contingent in Iraq.

Mr. Cobarruviaz’s career in law enforcement spans 33 years andincludes extensive experience developing modern police institutionsin emerging democracies. He led the U.S. Department of Justiceprogram to train and equip El Salvador’s 18,000-member NationalPolice of 1998-2004. During his tenure, serious crime in thecountry decreased by 40 percent, and the government of El Salvadorawarded him the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Order of JoséMatías Delgado.

Mr. Cobarruviaz is a native of Fremont, California, and served inthe U.S. Army with the 101st Airborne battalion. He holds abachelor’s degree from San Jose State University and is completinghis master’s degree in criminal justice from Boston University. Healso attended the University of California, Berkeley.