120 private security officers trained for elections; Joint Services conduct riot exercise

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Ranks of the joint services at the 1763 Monument on Wednesday
Ranks of the joint services at the 1763 Monument on Wednesday

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Some 120 members of privately owned security organisations have completed advanced training in preparation for elections.

According to a statement from the Guyana Association of Private Security Organizations (GAPSO) the training reached its completion stage since March 24. Training which was conducted in three (3) batches of forty (40) officers was held on 17th February, 10th March and March 24th respectively.

“Private security officers play a critical role in protecting public safety, critical infrastructure, and property across Guyana. Private Security is responsible for thousands of lives and billions of dollars in assets and this training was designed to augment security officer’s skills with specialty training in effective election security issues. Instruction provides basic knowledge, skills, and conceptional understanding to effectively and efficiently make the right decisions and act decisively in executing their duties during this period,” the release noted.

The training was done using classroom lectures, discussions, and practical exercises, the course covered Public Order Act, Orders for Opening Fire, Potential Election-related disturbances, and the role of the Private Security during the electoral period.

On completion of the course, it is expected that the graduates will, in turn, train more than 5,000 training officers in their respective organization.

Meanwhile, ranks drawn from the Joint Services have commenced Internal Security Training, ahead of the May 11 general and regional elections.

This training continued on Wednesday May 6, when the joint services were seen conducting riot training at the Square of the Revolution – 1763 monument, Cuffy.

The Guyana Defence Force, the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Fire Service have provided a cadre of instructors for the training.

The training is geared towards the middle and lower echelons of the services and is meant to exercise the junior command element in managing different internal security scenarios. 

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