13 women among new batch of police to pass out next week

No one ever knew exactly why Kittitians and Nevisians were turned off from the local law enforcement agency, but the shortfall of new entrants had to be made up from sister Caribbean islands, including St. Vincent, Dominica and others.

It appears that that problem has disappeared and once again nationals of the twin island federation are again stepping forward to help their country fight what many still argue is a growing crime situation, especially as it relates to serious offence like murder and violent activities involving guns and other weapons.

Exactly one week from today, on Thursday 27th February, 36 young men and women will be officially preparing to take on a greater responsibility in society, as they embark on a career in law enforcement, said a Government statement.

From the graduating class of 2014, 23 are men and 13 women. It will be the 38th Passing Out Parade for Recruits of Course No. 39 at the Police Training Complex.

Commandant of the Police Training Complex, Superintendant Lionel Moore said that the course has been intense for the recruits who have been training from July 01, 2013. Theoretical topics covered included Evidence and Procedure, General Duties and Criminal Law while practical sessions such as Physical Training, Self Defense, Weapons Training and Foot and Arm Drills were reviewed.

Minister of National Security and Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas, while also reflecting on past recruitment problems and the new influx of officers, used the occasion to remind that “Presently, there are so many recruits who are entering the police force with (Bachelor’s) Degrees or with Associate Degrees.”

Douglas accredit the new interest to the what he factors is the enhanced management style of Commissioner CG Walwyn and his High Command, which has changed the perception of the agency.

Government is also optimistic that recruitment is expected to get easier with the construction of a 38,741 square foot Multipurpose Security Training Center at Lime Kiln that will be the home of training for the police, defence force, prison, fire and customs agencies as well as private sector security.

 “They will now be following a common training curriculum,” explained the Prime Minister, and at the end of the day, they would have improved on their skills, they would have also been exposed to new technologies in fighting crime and more than that, they would be pursuing courses that are accredited – so that the credits obtained from those training sessions can be applied in other training opportunities as they enhance their professional and educational advancement.”

Avenues for personal progression are also made available to veteran officers and Douglas says the government intends to ensure that we would have opportunities provided to our young people as recruits or as seasoned police officers to move forward.

All this will be a huge change from 2007 and 2008, when persons from the neighbouring CARICOM countries had to be recruited to reinforce the ranks.


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