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24 Bangladeshi police officers on training in USA

Update : 16 Apr 2013, 07:48 AM


A thirteen-day training programme focusing on post-blast investigation began in Moyock, North Carolina, USA on Monday with 24 Bangladeshi police officers participating in it.

The United States, through the US Department of State’s Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) Program and the US Embassy’s Regional Security Office, is conducting the training that will continue till May 1.

The training, offered by the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security and taught by US-based instructors, is taking place at the ACADEMI, the largest and most prestigious training center in the United States in Moyock.

Officers from the Bomb Disposal Units of Detective Branch of Dhaka and Chittagong Metropolitan Police, Criminal Investigation Department, Special Branch of Bangladesh Police joined the training, said a US Embassy press release.

According to the Regional Security Officer Bernard Nixon, this course trains 24 police officials to effectively investigate explosions and terrorist crime scenes and the training involves investigative techniques, crime scene management, material identification methods, and evidence collection and analysis.

“The Antiterrorism Assistance Program courses are just one of many avenues we can use to fight terrorism together and protect the interests of Bangladesh, the United States and the entire region,” Nixon said.

On completion of the training, the participants will be able to identify types of explosives and their explosive effects, secure and search a blast crime scene, identify blast components and signatures, preserve crime scene evidence for use at trial, and establish command post operations following a bombing incident.

The US Embassy anticipates offering this training programme several more times throughout the year in partnership with the government of Bangladesh.

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