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Miami-Dade police to train Guatemalan colleagues

In an effort to support their foreign colleagues, the Miami-Dade Police Department and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) will train 40 crime prevention and community policing agents from Guatemala in a number of courses and subject matters.

"It's almost like an exchange school," said Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Elena Hernandez. "A couple months ago the Haitian police came to us."

The three-week long training program will mark the third time the two nations will cooperate under their Memorandum of Understanding framework.

The courses will combine classroom instructions with field exercises and cover areas such as Community Oriented Policing (COP), Problem Oriented Policing (POP), and DARE certification. The Guatemalan agents will then take their newly acquired expertise back to their homeland to pass it on.

The initial meet-and-greet for the foreign agents will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday at the Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute at 9601 NW 58th St. in Doral.

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