Belizean law enforcement officers sharpen their anti corruption and leadership skills in New Mexico Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 February 2016 00:00

A cadre of law enforcement officers, including 10 police officers and a magistrate are at  Roswell New Mexico at the International Law Indictment Academy ( I.L.E.A.) participating in an anti-corruption and leadership training for 4 weeks. The course will run from February 1 to the 26th. While at the institution, the officers are being instructed by personnel from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Department of Justice.

During the course the participants visited with the U.S. State Department of Justice where they had an opportunity to meet with a judge who gave the Belizean law enforcement personnel an insigt on how the U.S. courts and judiciary functions.

Participants of the course include Magistrate Patricia Arana; Sr. Superintendent Chester Williams; Superintendent, Bart Jones; Superintendent, Andrew Ramirez; Superintendent Daniel Arzu; Inspector, Egbert Castillo; Inspector, Daniel Iche; Sergeant, Santiago Patt; Sergeant ,Salmon Westby; Sergeant, Evan Lino; and Corporal, Lillian Lopez.

The course also has participation from other law enforcement officers from St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent. There are a total of 19 participants.

While the course offers extensive instruction on the subject matter, there is also free time for the officers for recreation where they have visited a number of tourist attractions in New Mexico. The officers have so far visited Ruidoso, Santa Fe, Albuquerque where they have been treated to museums and historic sites and shopping. These trips according to participants have been both educational and pleasure and are organized over the weekends.

The participants note that the staff at the ILEA have been very professional and courteous. “We are well taken care of,” stated one participant.