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#407586 - 05/12/11 03:27 PM Belize Police benefit from Mexican Training
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Members of the Belize Police Department and Forensic Services are participating in a training course on forensic ballistics. The training is being conducted by a specialist from the Mexican Federal Attorney General’s Office. The objective of the course is to contribute to Belize capacity building on Forensics and to train Belizean personnel in new methods and techniques regarding Ballistics. The training will include subjects such as identification of fire arms and ammunition, microscope analysis, Ballistics laboratory standards, Integrated Ballistics Identification System and field work. The training began on Monday and will conclude on Friday. It is the first of four courses included in the 7th Technical and Scientific Cooperation Program Belize-Mexico 2010-2012. More than 40 members of the Belize Police Department and the Belize National Forensic Science Service are participating. During the opening ceremony, CEO George Lovell underlined the importance of Ballistics training for members of the Belize Police Department in order to combat crime, provide scientific evidence and increase the number of convictions before the court. He also acknowledged the high levels of cooperation and assistance between Belize and Mexico. The Embassy of Mexico reiterated the commitment of the Mexican Government to contribute to the strengthening of the Belizean law enforcement agencies and to continue the bilateral cooperation in security and public safety.

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#407590 - 05/12/11 03:32 PM Re: Belize Police benefit from Mexican Training [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

México provides ballistic training for the cops

Marcelino Miranda

Matching weapons and bullets, tracing their origins to Belize are all pieces of the puzzle that investigators face when dealing with shooting incidents. Many times the gun histories and their owners remain unknown but one northern neighboring country is hoping it can help our security forces become more efficient. On Tuesday, officials from the governments of México and Belize inaugurated a training course on forensic ballistics to members of the Belize Police Department and Forensic Service by a specialist from the Mexican Federal Attorney General’s Office. The Press Officer for the Embassy of México explained more.

Marcelino Miranda, Press Officer, Embassy of México

“Mexico is providing for the first time in 2011 the training course on ballistics for members of the police department and the forensics of Belize. This is part of a bi-national program of technical cooperation between Mexico and Belize. And this is the first of four courses that México is going to be providing to Belize. The aim of this course is to provide members of the police department with the necessary skills and knowledge about ballistics, specifically about ammunition, identifying firearms and doing microscope analysis and specialized ballistic analyst systems.”

Jose Sanchez

The officers, they will be going to México for this program?”

Marcelino Miranda

“In this case, we have an instructor from Mexico who has come to Belize. He is going to conduct this one week intensive course here for more than forty members of the Belize police department and the forensic laboratory. Mexico is contributing to Belize in its efforts to combat crime. And we expect that this course is going to provide police officers with enough skills in order to present adequate evidence before the courts in terms of ballistics and in order to reinforce the polices of the government of Belize and also to increase the level of the number of convictions before the court.”

The training, which concludes on May thirteenth, is being conducted at the Police Academy in Belmopan City.

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#407783 - 05/14/11 03:54 PM Re: Belize Police benefit from Mexican Training [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Ballistics

All this week, over 40 members of the Belize Police Department and the Belize National Forensic Science Service participated in a ballistics course facilitated by a specialist from the Mexican Federal Attorney General's Office. We were at the Police training academy in Belmopan for the closing today to find out who learned what:....

ACP Mike Segura
"We have several cases that I cannot mention to prevent integrity of some cases that we have done with the Mexicans and we try to use this same grounds as you mention to assist the police - the firearm was use in a series of crimes around the city."

Hector Piralta, Charge D' Affairs Mexico
"We think that having a stronger partner in all the institutional matters especially in security will have benefit both parties Belize and Mexico."

ACP Mike Segura
"We had a cross section of officers from the police investigators, we had the scenes of crime officers and we had the people from the forensic lab. Basically this course was mostly incline towards the forensic aspect with the lab. The primary focus is to arrive at the arena and preserve that crime scene but we need to be mindful that in those scenes in the person is still alive - primary is life, so the officers is try to preserve the life and transport him to the hospital. But in the absence of that we need to preserve a crime scene. May at times people trampling in the scenes and also we ask the media to respect the scene."

The course is the first of four courses included in the 7THTechnical and Scientific Cooperation Program Belize-Mexico 2010-2012.

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