“B” Division Police collaborate with BIT to train several youths

Commander of "B" Division, Ian Amsterdam

By Kristen Macklingam

Scores of youths and young adults in Berbice are expected to benefit from a newly established skills training programme which is to be launched soon by the police in “B” Division in collaboration with the Board of Industrial Training (BIT).

Commander Ian Amsterdam told INews today that his Division is working closely with staff of the BIT to ensure that the courses being rolled out in the upcoming weeks are successful in keeping the youths of Berbice being gainfully occupied as part of the Guyana Police Force’s (GPF’s) aim in intensifying social crime prevention.

Commander of "B" Division, Ian Amsterdam
Commander of “B” Division, Ian Amsterdam

He said that the courses are expected to commence in the first week of August and they will be facilitated at various locations in Berbice, such as; the Humanitarian Centre at Babu Jaan, Number 66 Village Baptist Church and Glasgow Housing Scheme.

According to the Commander of “B” Division, persons who participate in this initiative will be exposed to areas such as Information Technology (IT) training, Mechanics, Block Making, Garment Construction, Radio Communication and Catering,

“This is the first time that we are working along with the BIT in doing something of this magnitude right here in Berbice. We are looking forward to it being a major success, and with the BIT which is sponsoring this skills training programme, collectively, we will be able to make a difference in many lives. We hope to continue such initiatives and since school is out now the time is ripe for this venture,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the BIT is also sponsoring a Heavy Duty Operator course for ranks in Berbice and this is scheduled to commence next week.

“It is for regular ranks in the police force basically. We were told that it was for four persons but now heard they are catering for 10 persons. So we are in the process of finalising the ranks who will be benefitting from this course which the BIT is sponsoring for us,” Commander Amsterdam added.


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