Officers from Mexican Law Enforcement Agencies Graduate from Dignitary Protection Course at Hancock's PSTC

Dignitary protection course graduation

dignitary protection training courseSEPTEMBER 5, 2019 -- A total of 21 officers from law enforcement agencies in Mexico graduated from a 10-day dignitary protection training course at the Allan Hancock College Public Safety Training Complex (PSTC) located at the Lompoc Valley Center on Sept. 4.

The 80-hour training, conducted by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, provided the officers with the knowledge and skills to plan and execute operations involving the protection of dignitaries, including local officials and governors, and to participate as members of a dignitary security detail.

“These officers came from several different state and local law enforcement agencies in Mexico,” said Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Lieutenant and Hancock PSTC instructor Juan Camarena. “They are assigned to protect state and local politicians and other dignitaries, and this training will help them build those skills.”

The training took place from Aug. 26 through Sept. 4 and included modules involving high-speed driving, physical security and other important skills. The class was able to practice those skills at Hancock’s state-of-the-art facility, which includes a shooting range, Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) and several simulated residential and commercial buildings in the complex’s “scenario village”.

“Allan Hancock College is honored to have played a part in providing this important law enforcement training in conjunction with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office to our colleagues from Mexico,” said Associate Dean for Hancock’s Public Safety Training Complex, Mitch McCann. “The Public Safety Training Complex is a renowned training facility, and these police officers will be able to take the new skills they learned at Hancock back with them to better serve and protect their communities.”

The training is the result of the sheriffs’ office’s participation with the Santa Barbara and Puerto Vallarta Sister Cities Law Enforcement Exchange Program. This is the first time that the training has been held at Hancock’s PSTC.

“You have been in good hands the last ten days,” said Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown, who attended the graduation ceremony. “I am certain that you have learned tactics that you will be able to take with you for the rest of your lives.

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Caption: Officers from local and state law enforcement agencies in Mexico traveled to Allan Hancock College's Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc to participate in a 10-day dignitary protection training course.

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Last Modified Sep 5, 2019