VOLUNTEERS IN THE FIELD
PORTLAND POLICE OFFICERS
DEPART FOR LIMA
Law Enforcement Training With The Peruvian National Police Begins
(5 April 2014) Global Mission Readiness (GMR) is proud to announce our next training project as officers from the Portland Police Bureau travel to Lima, Peru on Sunday for two weeks of training for the Peruvian National Police (PNP). These dedicated officers from the City of Portland have volunteered their time to build upon the foundation of training that was provided last year for the PNP by GMR. This train-the-trainer course will cover an array of subjects including law enforcement education, downed officer drills, defensive tactics, building clearing, traffic stops and tactical medicine focusing on “rescuing their own”. It was developed by members of Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue who are volunteering for GMR.
Global Mission Readiness was created in 2009 to provide free emergency services training to fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies around the world who would not normally have access to the latest techniques or equipment. In five years, GMR has travelled to 13 countries to provide training geared toward saving lives. Our goal is to return annually to these public safety agencies and build upon the foundation of education provided in previous trips. Through our “train-the-trainer” model, GMR teaches self-reliance and empowers emergency responders to share their education with others. GMR has no paid employees. All trip expenses are paid through the fundraising efforts of crew members or through donations. The officers are also donating their own time away from their careers and families to help make this possible.
In Lima, the Emergency Division of the Peruvian National Police (a law enforcement and first-responder source) has fulfilled its mission nationally in Peru since 1977. This specialty rescue division of approximately 1000 law enforcement officers focuses primarily on fighting common and organized crime, protecting against civil unrest, conducting search & rescue missions around the region, and safeguarding the public through emergency medical services and technical rescue. The unit was formed by elite police officers with a high sense of humanitarian spirit. These officers constitute only 1% of the total police force of over 100,000. They are extremely dedicated to their craft and possess amazing knowledge, skills and abilities. After seeing them in action on multiple projects in this South American country, it became abundantly clear that this group of officers and rescue workers from the capital city of 8.5 million people mean business. There has been no part of Peru they will not travel to, in order to be a part of our training and improve their skills to protect and serve their community.
Team Lima will include four police officers from Portland Police Bureau and will be led by veteran team leader, Sgt. Don Livingston. Also volunteering their time to serve as instructors will be GMR Veteran Officer Ryan Foote, Sgt. Jose Gonzalez, and Officer Chad Gradwahl. Please wish our volunteers safe travels as they embark on this valuable training project.
GMR would like to send a special thank you to officers and administrators at the Peruvian National Police Emergency Division, who have coordinated this project and deserve much of the credit for making their division better educated to safeguard the city of Lima and beyond through education.
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