Vietnamese police. Photo: khoahocphat trien

PANO - A series of tactical operation and emergency medical seminars were opened by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the US Department of Defense (DOD) on the morning of July 21 in Hanoi, according to the latest press release from the US Embassy in Hanoi.

In the workshops, run in Hanoi from July 21-August 1 and in Ho Chi Minh City from August 4-15, American drug enforcement experts will provide training for more than 80 Vietnamese police officers on the skills needed to conduct counter-narcotic operations in a safer and more efficient manner.

Sessions will include drug raid planning and entry techniques, defensive tactics, first aid, and arrest techniques.

In addition, Defense Department instructors will provide workshops on emergency medical instruction. Classroom instruction will be enhanced with practical exercises and will include the use of simulation weapons.

The Vietnamese trainees come from the Ministry of Public Security Counter-narcotics Units, Police Academies, the Customs Department, and the Border Guard. These are officers already assigned to active drug enforcement forces units.

The training will not only benefit those participating but will also prepare them to share the training with their individual units on their return to active duty.

Mai Huong