As the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) continues to ensure that professionalism is central in its operation, a group of low-level Police Officers have been urged to live up to what is expected of them.
The Police Officers concluded a Junior Constables Development Course last week Friday that was geared at creating higher learning, developing analytical reasoning skills, and guide towards a discretionary thinking of Officers at the Police Training School at Camp Salines which is the location for the Special Services Unit (SSU).
Deputy Police Commissioner Franklyn Redhead who was the Guest of Honour at the closing ceremony indicated that ethics is a central pillar of being a professional Police Officer.
The high-ranking Police Officer also indicated that one of the facets of being a Police Officer is confidentiality because when a report is given to a Police Officer, it has to be treated with the strictest confidence.
“Too Often within our culture we talk too much. We divulge things that should not be divulged, and that is also part of being a professional Police Officer,” he said.
Deputy Redhead stressed that training and development are central to the efficiency of institutions such as RGPF.
The Deputy Commissioner reminded the young batch of Police Officers that they have a critical role to play in how they contribute towards the transformational process of the Institution.
He said the fact that they are among the lowest rank in the forces does not diminish their contribution in transforming the RGPF as training and development are central in arming them with the tools to ensure that they move forward and do what is necessary in building the Institution.
Chief Instructor, Inspector Loxley John who reviewed the course reiterated that the training given to the young Police Officers was geared towards building professionalism and equipping them to meet the needs of the society, and urged the participants to put value to the training that they received.
Insp. John admonished the young Police Officers to adhere to the principles of the RGPF.
He said it is intended that the knowledge that the junior Police Officers would have acquired would serve to help them to continue developing themselves, and to ensure that those who work along with them are also developed.
The Chief Instructor stressed that training is of extreme importance to RGPF, which he said is evident by its Mission Statement.
According to the RGPF Mission Statement, one of the objectives is, “To maintain a professional Force, emphasizing modernization through training and development of personnel by making use of science and technology to meet the needs of a changing society.”
“If the Force is to develop and become modern, and if the needs of the society are going to be met then training must be at the centre of the Force’s agenda,” Insp. John said.
As part of the programme, the junior Constables were treated to a small form of exercise by having to participate in drills on the SSU parade square.
However, Insp. John regretted that more time was not available “to take some more weight off the Police Officers.”
He spoke of the need for the young men and women in uniform to be more physically active.
“You cannot have a four hundred pound Police Officer chasing a one hundred and fifty-pound prisoner in St. George’s. It just wouldn’t work,” he said.
One of the trainees, Police Constable 415 Sampson Sylvester who gave a perspective of the course said although they came unprepared mentally and physically for the course, they were determined that perseverance was “the vehicle” to take them through.
Constable Sylvester spoke of the group having been exposed to wide range of subjects that included ethics and ethical behaviour, community policing and problem solving, use of force, modes and power of arrest, and first aid.
The junior Police Officer promised that they would use the knowledge and skills that they have acquired to persevere up the ranks.
One of the Course Instructors, Sergeant Adrian Peters who chaired the ceremony spoke of the junior Police Officers having performed well.
The two-week training exercise commenced on June 10 with 38 Police Officers, 29 males and 9 females.
Twelve of the trainees came from the Central Division of RGPF, twelvefrom the Western District, seven from the Eastern District, three from the Northern District, Police Headquarters, the Grenada Coast Guard, Immigration, and Traffic Department each having one representative.