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Jan 25, 2012

Police train in Stop and Search

Heavily armed officers conducted a search of a vehicle and retrieved two handguns in the Ladyville area. The handguns were real but the exercise was a simulation in which the cops are receiving training on how to manage a checkpoint. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A stop and search conducted by police inside a parking lot behind the Embassy Hotel, adjacent to the Phillip Goldson International Airport, shortly after two o’clock this afternoon turned up a pair of unlicensed nine millimeter handguns.  U.S. national Fred Kemp, along with his passenger James Gongora, had only just entered the compound when they encountered a detail of armed officers.  Acting on information received the team proceeded to sweep the vehicle thoroughly while our news camera rolled.

[Demonstration of search process]

Equipped with a Heckler & Koch tactical machine gun, another with an assault rifle and a third with a pump action shotgun the officers moved swiftly; their lead combed the SUV methodically until he came across the concealed weapons.

The operation carried out today was part of a training exercise that has been going on for the past few days.  Teaching them the dos and don’ts on how to effectively run a checkpoint is training instructor Fred Kemp.   He is also a missionary with the Baptist Church in Tennessee.

Fred Kemp, Police Training Instructor

“The missionary called us and we put together a mission team that is made up of some police officers, some former FBI agents and former military people who were willing to come down here and give training to these officers and also to further spread the word of Christ.”

Isani Cayetano

“In terms of the usefulness of what is being taught how do you see this improving the work that these guys do especially on a domestic level here in Belize?”

Fred Kemp

Fred Kemp

“What we’re hoping for is that we can give them the training that will actually lower the incidents or occurrence of injuries to the officers and help them learn how to better communicate with the community and try to make things safer for everybody.”

Isani Cayetano

“In terms of what you’re seeing, the potential and the ability to execute some of the skills that are being taught, how would you rank their progress?”

Fred Kemp

“These officers are doing very well.  They are showing dedication that we don’t see a lot of times and they’re showing the enthusiasm that we love to see when we come and do these types of classes.”

Isani Cayetano

“And how do you factor the word of God into all of this in terms of having them one: execute their duties as officers and of course being able to teach them more about spirituality and religion?”

Fred Kemp

“One of the top questions that we get is if we should have to execute something like someone do something that would inflict harm, how do we feel about that with our relationship with Christ?  And the way that we easily explain that is that it’s a job.  There have always been biblical wars throughout time over religion but if you take and give a person a weapon and they go out and kill somebody in the street aimlessly they murder but if you have to execute your job or defend yourself and you have to kill somebody then in that manner you’re protecting yourself and you’re protecting your community.  And there is a way that God understands that we have a job to do to protect his children.”

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

The exercise today completed the three day training by the missionaries.

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2 Responses for “Police train in Stop and Search”

  1. islander says:

    One of the commandments read “Though shall not murder” in its original script but for simplicity it was translated in English to “Though shall not kill”….There is obviously a big difference…

    What happens then when Moses parts the sea to allow the innocents to cross, but as soon as the rufians try to cross he closes the seas and they drown… DID MOSES COMMIT MURDER? Or was it simply an act of self defense that does not fall under “Though shall not murder” FOOD FOR THOUGHT HUH

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