Police officials from Mexico are undergoing training to learn the best U.S. law enforcement practices to take back home.
The U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs is funding the Police Professionalization Exchange Program for Mexico (PPEP). The week-long training is held at the Alamo Area Regional Law Enforcement Academy through the assistance of Global Ties U.S. and the San Antonio Council for International Visitors.
"We are a member of Global Ties, who received a grant through the state department to host a series of these exchanges. So, this is the third we've implemented this year," said Cecilia Cross with the San Antonio Council for International Visitors.
The participants are learning U.S. law enforcement policies, ways to fight cartels, and other police tactics. They also underwent training with a Taser and a firearms simulator.
"These are directors, recruiters, other administrators from academies in Mexico. So, they can get some ideas to take back with them and hopefully if they like some of the stuff that they see, they'll be able to implement some of that back to their academies," said Richard Bryan, AACOG academy manager.
"I think the interesting part was the use of the Taser, 'cause we don't have [that] in Mexico. I think it's important to implement the Taser. You can reduce the damage to the people," said Alberto Castillo, State Police School Department Chief in Chihuahua.
The San Antonio Council for International Visitors said that the program will train 3,800 police officials from Mexico over the next three years.