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News | May 20, 2008

Joint law enforcement education exchanges enhance partnership

By Tech. Sgt. William Farrow Joint Task Force-Bravo public affairs

An active duty Airman and four Army National Guardsmen from Puerto Rico worked with more than 24 local police academy cadets ensuring top-notch law enforcement procedures are used in the future on the streets of Honduras May 15-16. 

The two-day subject matter exchange between the National Police Academy cadets from La Paz and Joint Task Force-Bravo's Joint Security Forces is an on-going effort designed to provide information and share experiences concerning the "best practices" of modern law enforcement. 

"We host a mix of about 1200 Honduran military and police academy cadets here each year for law enforcement instruction and information exchange," said Air Force Staff Sgt. Roger Kendall, JSF noncommissioned officer in charge of training. 

As training NCO for JSF, Sergeant Kendall has a wide variety of training resources often requested for use by Honduran law enforcement officials. According to Sergeant Kendall, their curriculum is easily incorporated into the audio-visual equipment used by JSF training element and educational aids enhance the theory portion of the law enforcement instruction. 

"We're limited in resources, so our classroom training at the academy isn't enhanced with new audio-visual resources such as slideshows with media," said 1st Lt. Camilo Flores, Honduran National Police Academy Instructor. "Using modern instructional media enhances the classroom portion of the curriculum." 

The curriculum for both days was the same with different students attending each day. 

"The academy cadets showed up here in the afternoon for an hour and a half of classroom time followed by an hour and a half of hands-on instruction such as handcuffing and searching and high-risk traffic stops," Sergeant Kendall said. 

According to Sergeant Kendall, information exchanges routinely focus on instruction regarding proper procedures for law enforcement procedures like vehicle and building searches, self aid and buddy care and field sobriety tests. 

"We rely a lot on on-the-job-training for our police officers, but anytime we can get them hands-on instruction, then they are better prepared to work in law enforcement," Lieutenant Flores said. 

"These young men and women graduate in July and some of them will be working on some mean streets, so they need all the experience they can get and thanks to our partnership with JSF, they are going out there with a greater understanding of the skills they need to do the job."