BELMOPAN, Belize — Mexican and Belizean government officials inaugurated a training course on forensic ballistics to members of the Belize Police Department and Forensic Services by a specialist from the Mexican Federal Attorney General’s Office.
This special training was conducted from 9 to 13 May at the Police Academy in Belmopan. 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 (BPD) and the Belize National Forensic Science Service (BNFSS) participated. The objective of the course was to contribute to Belize capacity building on forensics and to train Belizean personnel in new methods and techniques regarding ballistics.
The training included subjects such as identification of firearms and ammunition, microscope analysis, ballistics laboratory standards, Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS), and field work. The Mexican facilitator has extensive experience in ballistics and is one of the leading trainers from the Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office.
Present at the opening ceremony were, Commissioner of Police Crispin Jeffries, Assistant Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch, Superintendent Aaron Guzman, Director of Training, Ms. Genoveva Marin, Director of the National Forensic Laboratory, and Mr. Marcelino Miranda from the Mexican Embassy.
During the opening ceremony, Colonel George Lovell, CEO of the Ministry of Police and Public Safety, 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. Also, he 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.