Dominican Republic Navy Officials complete Coast Guard Advanced Law Enforcement Boarding Course

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The U.S. Coast Guard recognized 18 Dominican Republic Navy officials Friday, who completed the Coast Guard Advanced Maritime Law Enforcement Boarding Officer Course, during a ceremony at the 27 February Naval Base in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

“It was a pleasure to work with such a fine group of Dominican military officials,” said Lt. j.g. Antonio Brino, Coast Guard Mobile Training team leader. “This particular group of students was very enthusiastic about the course. Over the last two weeks, they have learned the foundational principles of a maritime law enforcement official, at the same time we learned from their experiences.”

“This advanced boarding team training conducted by U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement instructors from Yorktown, Va., directly contributes to the counterdrug mission and helps to strengthen U.S. and Dominican Republic bilateral relations,” said Lt. Cmdr. Derek Cromwell, Coast Guard Liaison to the Dominican Republic.

During the two-week course, Dominican Navy boarding team members received classroom instruction and numerous practical exercises to help them conduct normal to high-risk security boardings at sea. The course included extensive instruction and practical exercises in subject control techniques, defensive tactics, arrest procedures, use of deadly force, judgmental exercises, and additional boarding scenarios.

The Dominican Navy officials who received the training are members of operational units and the port security corps. Eleven students were selected to attend a one week follow-on instructor course beginning Monday, Sept. 21. In this course, students will be taught techniques in student management, presentation skills, and creating training plans and scenarios. Upon completion, these junior officers will be able to teach maritime law enforcement boarding procedures and defensive tactics to their fellow shipmates.

Capt. William Jimenez Inoa, Dominican Republic Navy’s Education and Training Directorate chief presided over the ceremony on behalf of Vice Adm. Homero Luis Lajara Sola, Domincan Republic Navy chief of staff. Capt. Anthony Jiminian Objio, Dominican Republic Naval Operations chief and Capt. Franklin Frias Duarte, Specialized Port Security Corps chief of operations also participated in the ceremony.

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