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Mexico delegation learns about law enforcement training at CAPCOG

Thursday, July 12, 2018

CAPCOG’s Regional Law Enforcement Academy (RLEA) and Emergency Communications divisions hosted a delegation of 13 peace officer professionals from Mexico in April, as part of a weeklong tour of Central Texas law enforcement agencies for the Police Professionalization Exchange Program conducted by Global Ties U.S. and the U.S. Department of States Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, so they could learn about training and operational best practices.

Randy Holmes, RLEA director, discussed the rigorous training cadets go through during CAPCOG’s Basic Peace Officer Course and how the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and local jurisdictions determine the educational standards and courses taught by CAPCOG. Holmes explained peace officers’ need for continuing education and that CAPCOG serves as a regional resource to lower training costs for individual jurisdictions to receive such career development.

Peter Behnke, Emergency Communications assistant director, and Kelsey Dean, public safety answering point specialist, lead discussions on training and the operations behind emergency telecommunicators answering 9-1-1 calls. The delegation was particularly interested in how emergency telecommunicators receive their own specialized training and are directly integrated into the public safety field as a valuable member of the response team and as the first, first responder. The delegation also toured the RLEA and Emergency Communication’s training rooms and sat in an academy course.

With operational best practices as a goal, the delegation also spent time with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, UT System Police Department, and Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.

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