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Belize crimefighters complete US Embassy hosted Narcotics Investigation Training for High-Ranking Security Officials

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Posted: Friday, August 27, 2021. 5:51 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: “Today the U.S. Embassy-Belmopan concluded a one-week training on Tactical Safety and Planning to provide senior-level officials with enhanced knowledge and skills to combat narco-trafficking,” said the United States Embassy in a statement.

The Embassy said the one-week training was facilitated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) through the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) program.

The training’s objective is “to support security readiness and effectiveness, as well as to combat regional security threats”.

“We stand proudly with Belize in its goal to combat and deter narco-trafficking, which is a top priority of U.S.-Belize security cooperation,” said the US Embassy Belmopan’s INL Coordinator Mary Walz at the training closing ceremony.

“Today’s training is one important component of our larger commitment to support the Government of Belize in its efforts to better detect and interdict transnational criminal activity in order to build a safer and more prosperous nation.”

According to the US Embassy, the course dealt with drug enforcement operations and advanced law enforcement operational tactics emphasizing core investigative skills and detailed planning to reduce the inherent risks of tactical operations.

Belizean law enforcement personnel from the Anti-Narcotics Unit, Criminal Investigation Branch, Mobile Interdiction Team, Special Branch Unit, Belize Coast Guard, and Police Training Academy Instructors took part in the training.

“Today’s narcotics investigation training is the latest to have been funded through the U.S. CARSI Program,” said the US Embassy. “The United States has contributed over US$ 43.7 million in CARSI funding to Belize since 2008, which has financed training, equipment, and the professional development of Belize’s law enforcement and judiciary to help strengthen citizen security and prevent transnational crime.”

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