Royal Canadian Mounted Police train Costa Rican cops to spot suspicious behavior at airports

April 8, 2014
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A group of 22 police officers from the Public Security Ministry’s Air Surveillance and Drug Control departments received training to detect illicit drug and money mules at Costa Rican airports.

Two instructors from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police trained local cops how to spot suspicious behavior such as nervous leg movements, hand sweating, stuttering and other body reactions usually associated with the risk of being arrested.

During the first week Canadian officers worked with six local police instructors on how to train officers in human behavior and body language observation.

“They are now certified to provide training to both local and regional police officers,” said Pierre Villaneuve, one of the Canadian instructors.

In the second week, the new Costa Rican instructors provided the training to 16 local police officers under the Mounties’ supervision.

At a graduation ceremony last Friday, Villaneuve said he is certain the training will make the officers better cops.

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