The workshop opened at the Customs Department at Bird Rock today (Jan 19), and it is designed to assist personnel improve skills in advocacy, preparation of evidence and general courtroom conduct.
Assistant Police Commissioner Ian Queeley said the workshop was an initiative put forward by the director of public prosecution after a needs analysis was carried out.
“There was a gap that needed to be filled, and (we) sourced the relevant persons to deliver such training… I urge you, the participants, to be very interactive. I urge you, also, to not challenge, but express your varying points of views,” said Queeley to the participants.
The training, according to the ACP, was devised with a practical approach and the participation of all parties involved is seen as “vital”.
Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary Astona Browne said that the ultimate outcome of the workshop is to improve prosecutions in the Federation. She said that one can not over emphasize the importance of exposing officers to the training, such as the one which is being conducted over the next several days.
“We have an awesome responsibility as law enforcement officers and prosecutors who are assigned to prosecute offenders against the law. It is the commitment of the government through the Anti-crime Unit, working collaboratively with the Ministry of Justice and Legal affairs, as well as the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, to ensure that you are prepared, equipped and knowledgeable as prosecutors,” Browne explained.
Judges conducting the training sessions are UK senior judge, Judge Lyon, UK Circuit Court Judge Simon Carr, advocacy trainer Judge Stephanie Farrimond, and Defense Lawyer Imran Khan.