The three-week programme culminated on 30th January, with a graduation ceremony at the Police Training Complex.
Commissioner of Police Celvin Walwyn told the new island constables that they did an “outstanding job” by attending the classes, but he reminded them that they have to be “great” when they are out in the public’s domain, because they are representing the Police Force.
He urged them to be mindful that it is not only their individual institutions they are representing, rather it is the Force whom they will be portraying.
“You have full police powers while you are out there, and when you exercise those powers, we hope and we ask that you to do so very fairly and firmly. Now, I know that somebody might want to get even with somebody who used to beat them up, but this is not the time,” Walwyn said.
Walwyn told the graduating class that the Force has not had any issues with island constables in the past, and he urged that they do not produce the first case, because through his office, he said, they will be disciplined.
He urged them to be respectful to themselves and to the public at large, while ensuring that they perform in the safest possible environment.
“I want you, also, to think about your safety. You are not carrying guns. Most police officers don’t. I don’t want you to get into a situation where you jeopardize yourselves or your life. If you need to say something or do something, then call the dispatcher, and let them know what you are doing,” Walwyn advised.
According to Inspector Eldrin Dickenson, the course was designed to teach participants self-defense tactics and police subjects that included mode of arrest, the Small Charges Act, and the care and custody of prisoners.
The 25 course graduates came from Ross University, the Urban Development Corporation, SCASPA, A+ Security, Government Headquarters and the People’s Employment Programme.