Safety first in San Miguel
By Linda Sonna and Hector Majalca
As part of a series of police training sessions organized by San Miguel Director of Public Security Gabriel Yañez and Volunteer Training Coordinator Héctor Majalca E., local psychologist Dr. Linda Sonna and forensic evaluation expert Sandra Price Rosado presented a workshop at the San Miguel Police Academy in April.
Dr. Sonna and Price trained the city and traffic police to respond to calls involving a mentally ill or handicapped person. They will present their workshop, the only one of its kind in the state of Guanajuato, to the local and state police in May. The police learn how to diffuse tensions without force for the protection of everyone on the scene, including the police.
“Ensuring quality service to the public is a priority of this administration,” according to Majalca. Majalca is certified in close-quarter battle and terrorist behavior and tactics by the European International Security Agency.
“The police training program in San Miguel includes instruction on everything from ethics to constitutional duties, human rights, and more,” Majalca explained. San Miguel Sensei Ken Rowland will train the police in Aikido, the only martial art authorized by the United Nations peacekeeping system. An English language program for personnel in law enforcement and the civil protection departments is also scheduled.
Majalca modeled San Miguel’s Volunteer High Profile Services Department on North Wales police training in the U.K., because “There are not enough officers for the more than 500 communities that make up San Miguel,” Majalca explained. “By having community professionals help train law enforcement officers and participate in crime prevention programs, local interests and needs are served.”