Twenty police officers from Grenada, St Vincent & the Grenadines and Barbados have received certificates for completing the RSS Jungle survival course.
The training which began on March 16 was aimed at developing the ability and resourcefulness of participants to survive and operate in a hostile environment with limited logistics and manpower.
According to course officer Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Glen Paul the graduating officers spent several cold nights in Pearls and surrounding areas like Grand Etang, Clabone Mountain, Clozier and St Mark’s.
“…The students settled in the rain forest of Grand Etang as it was wet, mostly and extremely cold. It was their home for the next four days -surviving on two packs of meal ready to eat and one hot meal a day”, he said.
The second week of the training programme was much more intense and provided a “true test of jungle survival”.
ASP Paul said that participants were sent out on a three-day survival jungle navigation exercise with no MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) and no hot meal.
“They were expected to find their own food, build shelter to sleep at nights and move from Grand Etang to Clabone mountain and to Clozier,” he explained.
According to the senior police officer, he is satisfied that the participants have been trained to be required standard and are now ready to assist the various police units to which they are attached.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Frank Redhead emphasised the importance of training to the participants and encouraged them to apply what they learnt when they go back to their respective police organsiations.
He noted that whenever RSS stages a response to any activity in its seven member states, it is police officers and soldiers who come from their respective member states to work together to ensure that they achieve the task that is set before them.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Sibyl Alexander reminded the participants of the importance of developing and advancing the security arrangements within RSS member states.
“Persons involved in illicit activities as you know are quite smart and quite inventive. So you as law enforcement and security must always be one step ahead of them. I hope the training that you received has prepared you to deal with that and has given you new strategies and insight into what is required,” she said.
The PS called for more training of the sought that took place in the past two weeks to ensure the security forces are prepared for the challenges of the world.
The closing ceremony was held last Friday at the Special Services Unit compound at Point Salines.