U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and El Salvador’s National Police signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) November 14  to further define and strengthen the relationship between the agencies, especially regarding the Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit, an ICE press release states.

"The signing of this MOC is a major step in the broader goal of information sharing and building trusted relationships," said John Connolly, Homeland Security Investigations Assistant Director of Internal Affairs. "The work that our special agents and the El Salvador TCIUs do every day will assist law enforcement in both of our countries in identifying organizations engaged in transnational organized crime."

According to the release, “Through ICE’s Office of International Affairs and the State Department, HSI has 75 offices in 48 foreign countries around the world. This presence includes an on-the-ground relationship-building effort of HSI special agents working closely with foreign law enforcement agencies, and through a robust network of specialized vetted units known as TCIUs. Additionally, HSI brings personnel from host countries to the United States to train at the Department of Homeland Security Federal Law Enforcement Training Center at Glynco, Ga.”