Over the past four days, law enforcement personnel attached to different units and departments of the Belize Police Department have undergoing training for Safety and Survival. The “Law Enforcement Training for Safety and Survival, LETSS is designed to give officers the skills and mindset required to identify and handle critical situations in high-risk environments. Brett Curtis is the Assistant Legal Attaché of the US Embassy in Belize.
Brett Curtis – US Embassy:
The other day I went over to Belize City, and on the way to Belize City there’s a billboard. Have you all seen this billboard that says, the best gift that you can give to your family is to say “Honey, I’m home” Have you see that? I think that all applies to each one of you, and to myself. All of us that go at the end of the day is to get back home to our families. This week you’ve been given the tools and training so that you can do that
The Basic survival techniques taught include hallway and stairway movement, room entry, clearing techniques, subject control, and handgun skills, among others. Sr. Supt of Police Chester Williams addressed the graduating officers.
Chester Williams – Sr. Supt of Police:
The constitution of Belize had mandated us as Police Officers to provide security and safety to each and every person living across the length and breadth of this beautiful country we all call Belize. As a part of fulfilling that mandate, we leave home every morning, not knowing what situation we will be confronted with for the day, and not knowing if we will return home safely to our loved ones. Now, when we look at this training LETSS, Law Enforcement Training for Safety and Survival, it is very essential as Police Officers that we be equipped with this form of training, as it will enable us when we are confronted with those unexpected situations during the line of our duty, that we will know exactly how to deal with those problems. It will give us the tactical capability to deal with situations and get out of it alive. As was said by the person who did the course overview, that you are all shot but you get to go home alive. In a real-life situation, you might not get that chance.
Two more groups of 25 will be trained similarly in the upcoming weeks. Brett Curtis encouraged those who have been trained to pass on the knowledge they’ve garnered to their other colleagues within the force.
Brett Curtis – US Embassy:
Your responsibility now is to take those tools, take them to the people you work with, and teach them, train them, and practice these tools, because they will go away if you don’t keep on practicing what you’ve learned. So I challenge you to do that. I’m excited because we get to come back two more times, to provide this same training to some more of your people. Hopefully those Police Officers will have already learned some of this stuff from all of you, and will be able to help them fine-tune some of those skills.
The training was carried out by members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation through support from the U.S. Embassy.