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UK contributes to strengthening the investigative capabilities of the Honduran police force

The British Embassy is funding a project to train 40 agents from the Police Investigations Department (DPI) in Tegucigalpa, in order to provide better tools to improve their research and analytical capabilities.

Training in Police Investigations Department Honduras
Officers trained at Police Investigations Department

The course entitled “Strengthening the investigative capabilities of the police in criminal matters” was facilitated by two representatives of the United Kingdom’s College of Policing, Neville Blackwood and Roger Milburn, who each have over 30 years experience in police service and are experts in the investigation of high-impact cases.

The College of Policing is a professional body for the police in England and Wales. It was established in 2012 to take over a number of training and development roles previously in the hands of other departments. The College of Policing seeks to create the best conditions to sustain and enhance the British model of policing, admired right across the world.

The course provides a structured development programme to embed and maintain investigative skills for police officers and staff. It delivered the capability to conduct professional investigations at all levels within the police force and in other sectors of law enforcement. Throughout the week, the experts also shared experiences, techniques and strategies for the analysis and investigation of criminal cases; including challenges faced in the development of inquiries.

The closing ceremony was attended by the Deputy Police Commissioner, Eliezer Osfel Maldonado; the Chargé d’Affaires at the British Embassy for Honduras, Andrew Tate; and the Director of the School of Criminal Investigation, Police Commissar Alexis Antonio Galeas.

To mark the closure of the seminar, Andrew Tate, Chargé d’Affaires at the British Embassy for Honduras, said:

“We are keen to support the government of President Juan Orlando Hernandez in one of its top priorities by improving the investigative capabilities of the police. This will result in enhanced security for all the Honduran citizens. Through this training we continue our commitment to strengthen our cooperation in security and justice in Honduras”.

Published 27 October 2016