By Leroy Smith
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Twenty six men and women representing the Guyana Police Force, Guyana Fire Service, City Constabulary, Guyana Defence Force and the Guyana Prison Service this morning (Friday June 27), commenced a 12 weeks training course under the Guyana Police Force Junior Officers Course.
The course will focus on two modules; the first being handled by the University of Guyana (UG) and the other by stakeholders including retired senior officers, the Director of Public Prosecutions Chambers and other resource persons.
Among the issues the training will be focusing on are traffic, relationship with the community, human rights, media and other important topics and issues which influence policing in Guyana.
Speaking to the participants, Police Commissioner (ag) Seelall Persaud encouraged the Force Training Officer Senior Superintendent Paul Williams to work to have the course accredited byUG, expressing the confidence that Williams does have the “know-how” to make it happen.
Seelall said that the initiative signals the continuation of the partnership between the Guyana Police Force and the University of Guyana. He told reporters in a separate interview that some of the ranks involved in the training will be deployed to various areas across the country to oversee the rolling out of the Impact Project in identified areas.
The Commissioner said too that police ranks and middle managers need to be kept current with the changing signs and trends of crimes and be equipped physically, mentally and educationally to deal with these changes.
He added that it is important for lawmen and women to be equipped and understand the use and abuse by felons of the resources available to them for the commissioning of their illegal activities.
Meanwhile Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee while delivering the feature address, commended the move which he said is even more pleasing given the number (11) of Cadet Officers taking part in the course.
He said that the Ministry of Home Affairs will continue to support any form of training and developmental initiative of the Guyana Police Force since it lends to the sustainability of the organisation.
The Minister added that the inclusion of personnel form the other discipline services speak volumes since collaboration of this nature does help each agency to understand and appreciate the role and functions of each other.
The training course is being held under the theme “Training with the focus of maximizing visions, skills and art for enhancing leadership for a modern Guyana Police Force”