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Tourism Officers Receive Defense Tactics Training

The Belize Tourism Board is leading the charge to improve security in the industry through a Defensive Tactics Training. Fifty officers from Belize City, Caye Caulker and San Pedro will undergo two-day training sessions with the instructor of the House of Shotokan Karate Academy. The capacity building training sessions focus on skill-building exercises to help refresh the tourism police officers’ knowledge of self-defense strategies used in the line of duty. The Director of Capacity Development at the Belize Tourism Board stated that the objective of this is to improve the quality of the officers around the country.

Abil Castañeda, Director of Capacity Development, BTB: “In terms of how to engage with the person they are engaging with, how to speak with them. It’s not only about security tactics but also how to engage and approach someone, what to say, how to say it. But if it’s a situation that does escalate, the training also teaches them how to deescalate that part of that particular process of that particular event.” 

The training sessions also include theoretical training which educates them about the proper enforcement, legal rights and effective communication./