NE-IAATI October 2021 Training
Thursday, October 28th, 2021 at 1 PM EDT
Hiding in Plain Sight: Cartels and Their Culture

Learn about the major issues relating to the #1 criminal threat to the United States: the Mexican Cartels. Officers will leave this class with individual information on the most powerful groups operating throughout the U.S. and the World, their splinter groups, their tactics, the reasons for their growth, continuing power, and impunity. Students will gain an in depth understanding on the heavy emphasis on “Narco Cultura” (Mexican Drug Cartel Culture), including but not limited to: “Narco” fashions, symbolism, the difference between “Folk Saints” and “Patron Saints”, including Santa Muerte and Jesus Malverde, as well as detailed, extensive instruction on how some of these “Saints” could be used both as non-criminal and criminal behaviors.

What You'll Learn 
  • Current trends of drug trafficking in the U.S
  • Anti-Bias Policing, Community Policing, Officer Safety, Marijuana issues
  • Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on drug trafficking
About the Instructor 
Detective Victor Galarza, who began his law enforcement career in 2011, is currently a decorated detective and task force officer in the southwest region of Colorado. Galarza has personal accounts dating back to the Guadalajara Cartel and has investigated members of the Los Zetas, Sinaloa, Golfo, La Familia Michoacana, and Tersera Hermandad cartels. Additionally, he was a Mexican diplomat in the United States bearing an A-1, and later G-1, diplomatic status which allowed him to train with the Mexican Navy, Army, and Mexican Estado Major Presidencial. Glarza has been providing training on the subject of the Cartels since 2013 and in 2018, Galarza founded the Vigilance Project which provides feral, state, tribal and local law enforcement training on the vast subject. In 2021, Galarza joined StreetCop Trainings and is now scheduled to start presenting in 2022. 

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