8 September 2017, Belmopan The Anti-trafficking in Persons (ATIP) Council of Belize in collaboration with the Belize Police Department is conducting a series of trainings to build the capacity of Police Officers attached to the Domestic Violence Unit and Criminal Investigative Branch. The objectives of the sessions are to provide officers with a clear understanding of human trafficking and its related issues to build the capacity of police officers in victim identification and referral.
So far, 64 officers have been trained in one-day workshops held in northern, eastern, and western areas of the country.
• North: Corozal, Orange Walk – 24th August 2017 (19 police officers)
• East: Belize City, Ladyville, Caye Caulker & San Pedro – 29th August 2017 (22 police officers)
• West: Belmopan, San Ignacio & Benque Viejo – 22nd August 2017 (23 police officers)
Workshops will continue until all Domestic Violence Unit and Criminal Investigative Branch Police Officers have been trained. The next session takes place in the south on 29th September 2017 where it is expected that 20 additional officers from Stann Creek, Independence and Toledo will be trained. The series of countrywide workshops form part of the ATIP Council 2017 plan of action in an effort to scale up the country’s national response to human trafficking.