June 10 through 14 saw the city of Aguascalientes host a major ‘Train the Trainers’ event on the ‘Safe and Efficient Setup of an Alcohol Checkpoint’ for the six cities involved in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme in Mexico. It was the first time all six cities were called together for a single event, and it was an overwhelming success, attracting strong input from participants and partners, as well as excellent coverage in the printed, online and electronic media.
Organized by GRSP for the cities of Merida, Tuxtla, Toluca, Guadalajara, Leon and Aguascalientes, the training was enhanced thanks to the invaluable contribution and expertise of programme partners CONAPRA and PAHO, who both had representatives attend and participate in the event.
At the start of the week, six teams represented the six cities. By the end of the week, the participants had established a single team, known now as the Alcoholometry National Team. This team has committed to remain in close communication in order to exchange ideas and share experiences and information.
The team agreed on topics to analyze over coming months that will help them perform better. They will each gather information on what has helped their city move forward, and together, they will come up with ideas relating to reaching the population and improving the image of the police and of alcohol enforcement.
GRSP’s Luz Alicia Anduaga said of the event, “I couldn’t be happier. Everyone worked so well together and we have put in place concrete actions to help each city move forward in a collaborative way. This week, building upon foundations laid over many months, we have set in place a strong and active team of instructors; ready, willing and able to train others in the skills required, thereby exponentially increasing the potential reach of enforcement operations”.