Police QRT teams get specialized training

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Is Belize becoming a major transit for drugs and weapons? That’s what various outside sources have been suggesting. And local authorities are hoping to catch these criminals if and when they engage in illegal trafficking. Since Tuesday, a group of 11 personnel from the San Ignacio, Benque and Belmopan have been undergoing a four day training on the art of procedural search. Skip Louis, a retired federal agent from the USA, is the facilitator of the training.

Skip Louis – Trainer:

vlcsnap-2013-08-26-12h01m24s175I was asked by Superintendant Moody to do training for the QRT team, to give them training on vehicle stops, how to approach vehicles, how to approach houses, how to do searches of vehicles, how to search houses, and proper interaction with the everyday citizen that we encounter here.  With the eleven guys in the QRT teams that I’m working with, it’s going really well.  They’re picking up on a lot of stuff.  That’s an important aspect because the way we do things all the time may not be the best way to do things.  There may be other ways to do things that will help establish a better training program  here in the country, as well as give these guys the necessarily skills to move to the next level.

We also asked OC commanding the San Ignacio Formation Supt. Ralph Moody and Corporal Jose Sierra about the importance of the training and how the reception has been from the officers.

Supt. Ralph Moody:

vlcsnap-2013-08-26-12h10m32s250We continue to ask the Quick Response Officers to respond to major incidents, and I believe that it is very important that we equip them and train them so that they can respond to those major incidents effectively.

 

 

 

Corporal Jose Sierra:

vlcsnap-2013-08-26-12h11m53s56For us it is very beneficial.  Most of the techniques, I would say, are not so new but it’s like a refresher course for some of us Senior Police Officers.

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