Published July 13, 2018
INL's International Law Enforcement Academy in Thailand regularly includes the Royal Thai Police aircrew that took part in the rescue in trainings on emergency evacuations of wounded individuals from challenging environments. Beginning last year, the Royal Thai Police started undergoing exercises similar to the cave medical rescue as part of the academy's Advanced Tactical Safety and Planning Course. That course, led by INL’s partners at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, was expanded recently to incorporate the effective operation of helicopter and paramedic crews in complex rescue situations with a medical component. The Royal Thai Police aircrews have been included in the training, which is primarily intended for counternarcotics units, as it gives them an opportunity to practice making these evacuations under realistic scenarios.
The International Law Enforcement Academies, of which there are five spread around the globe, represent one piece of INL’s commitment to building the effectiveness of law enforcement around the world. Through these academies as well as bilateral police training initiatives in individual countries, we seek to build police skills in everything from community policing to fighting transnational crime to, yes, medical rescue. All of us at INL are overjoyed that the 12 Wild Boars and their coach made it out to safety, and we honor the sacrifice made by Thai Navy Seal Saman Kuman. We're proud that International Law Enforcement Academy Bangkok helped bolster the skills of some of the valiant Thai rescuers.
This article first appeared on the U.S. Department of State’s official blog here with the title "State Department’s Foreign Police Training Pays Dividends with Thai Cave Rescue."