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:
I 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:
We 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: