Philippines, U.S. strengthen law enforcement, security partnership
Approximately 100 personnel from various Philippine law enforcement agencies completed courses on Combat Zone Post Blast Investigations conducted by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Sept. 24-Oct. 6 in Zamboanga City and Manila.
Participants included individuals from the National Bureau of Investigation, the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Philippine Army, the Philippine Coast Guard, and PNP – Special Action Forces.
The training was designed to provide instruction on using expedited methods for collecting evidence at crime scenes that cannot be maintained due to combat or other influences. During the training, FBI instructors shared best practices in the collection and preservation of evidence, identification of improvised explosive devices, and processing of crime scenes.
“This is yet another example where our two countries have come together to make the world safer for the public and to ensure that law enforcement has the best skills to address terrorism and other threats,” Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. noted.
He applauded the close working relationship between the FBI and its Philippines law enforcement partners, and added that the United States Government will continue to seek out opportunities to collaborate in the fight against crime.