They have been examining the benefits of joint Law Enforcement Initiatives and Teamwork and Organisational Imperatives. A recent training exercise was facilitated by Police Commissioner, Mr. Celvin G. Walwyn and his wife, Mrs. Antoinette Dickerson-Walwyn. There was also a presentation by Director of Youth, Mr. Geoffrey Hanley.
Their presentation, in part, focused on joint law enforcement initiatives and how they are an integral part of detecting and preventing crimes at the borders and praised the assistance role that H. M. Customs and Excise Department has played in the crime fighting and investigation efforts of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force.
The couple presented on the importance of organisation and personal integrity, the importance of “cutting edge” information to law enforcement and the ubiquitous need for professionalism and courtesy.
Walwyn advised the officers present to be professionals at all times. He said, “As the border people, stay professionals at the border and when undertaking your other duties. People can only disrespect you if you give them permission.”
Mrs. Dickerson-Walwyn encouraged the officers and the department set priorities and to become tenaciously dedicated in working towards meeting the expectations of the nation.
She went further to applaud female customs officers for their successes in the department, urging them not to give up despite the impression that “it’s a man’s world”.
Youth Director Hanley counselled the officers on need for trust and confidence among their ranks for the department to meet its objectives. Hanley took the time to explain how benefits overcoming personal and professional differences and sustaining interpersonal relationships can bring about effective teamwork.
He further advised them to be diligent and to use initiative. “Know the expectations that others have of you and the department. Then work at it. And when you work at it, use your initiative – do not just be an officer, effect change.”
Both sessions were interactive and the staff took the opportunity to raise questions and concerns of the experts. The officers left with nuggets of information and gems of advice. They left to refocus on their duties with the advice of Commissioner Walwyn, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.”