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UNODC Strengthens the Knowledge of 40 Police Officers in Guatemala on Health, Safety, and Environment

Guatemala, September 4, 2023. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), through the Regional Program for the Safe Management and Disposal of Seized Drugs and Chemical Precursors (STAND), conducted specialized training in health, safety, and the environment for 40 officers from the Substance Storage and Chemical Precursors Section of the General Directorate for Anti-Narcotic Information Analysis (SGAIA) of the National Civil Police (PNC).

Chemical substances and precursors pose potential risks to the health and safety of public officials. Continuous training helps mitigate incidents and accidents such as spills, evaporation, leaks, and unintended reactions resulting from operations or natural circumstances like floods, fires, or earthquakes, all of which can cause personal and environmental harm.

In this context, the Regional STAND Program aimed to strengthen the knowledge and skills of 40 officers to effectively manage emergency situations and risks associated with their work, ensuring their safety and environmental protection.

Furthermore, participants acquired skills in providing first aid, safe work practices, occupational risk control, fire prevention and control, and the organization of fire, evacuation, first aid, communication, and other emergency response teams. This contributes to reducing the personal and operational impact of complex operations during emergencies.

These actions were made possible through funding from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the Government of the United States of America.