DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today he is pleased to host nearly two-dozen Mexican investigators and prosecutors for a week-long training exercise aimed at preparing them for their transition from conducting paper-based criminal trials to an adversarial system conducted in open court.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for Colorado law enforcement to impart decades of experience to our Mexican peers, who are undertaking a substantial but exciting overhaul of their criminal justice system,” Suthers said. “I hope this exercise will not only benefit law enforcement efforts south of the border, but also strengthen our partnership with the Mexican authorities.”
During the training exercise, the 10 investigators and 12 prosecutors from five Mexican states, Baja California Norte, Morelos, Oaxaca, Zacatecas and Distrito Federal, will familiarize themselves with best practices concerning how Colorado law enforcement handles evidence, conducts searches, prepares legal briefs and prosecutes its cases. The training will involve the use of a mock crime scene and mock trial exercises.
The Conference of Western Attorneys General and its partners in the National Association of Attorneys General have partnered with Mexican law enforcement agencies to assist them in their transition to an adversarial trial system, similar to the way the United States conducts criminal trials. The Colorado Attorney General’s Office and its Foreign Prosecutions Unit have been at the forefront of helping the Mexican states implement these changes to the Mexican Code of Criminal Procedure.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Adams County District Attorney’s Office, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Colorado Department of Public Safety, Florida Attorney General’s Office and Puerto Rico Attorney General’s Office also are assisting with the week’s training exercises.
The United States Agency for International Development has provided funding for the week’s training exercises.
Media interested in observing, videotaping or audio taping the Mexican investigators and prosecutors while they participate in a training exercise at a mock crime scene will have opportunities to do so Tuesday morning at the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, 4201 E. 72nd Ave., in Commerce City, from 8:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. If you are interested in doing so, please contact Mike Saccone,