The Guyana Police Force yesterday officially opened its Number 20, Junior Officers’ Course, with some 23 participants from the Joint Services. A simple ceremony at the Police Officer’s Mess, Eve Leary, got the process underway.
Commissioner of Police Henry Greene charged the ranks to make the best of the course, as it represents an excellent opportunity for self-development. He also called on the ranks to maintain the standard output which the force has worked over the years to sustain.
“Since its inception in 1976 the college has managed to maintain this programme and it has been facilitating persons who are desirous of developing themselves and that has helped us to maintain the course. This initiative is vital to the police force in the whole, since it captures some of the basic requirements for one to become a leader.”
The Top Cop pointed out that the expert training provided, helps persons to recognize how little they know, how much they need to know, and to be cognizant of the main objectives of the force.
“Some of the main focuses of this course include the maintenance of law and order, preservation of the peace, detection of crime – all of which are integrally important to the force.”
The commissioner added that despite the fact that the force has several other courses, the Junior Officers’ Course is vital, in that it provides the basic training for proper leadership. He further expressed his gratitude to the University of Guyana for its continuous support towards the programme, noting that the tertiary institution’s component has been of great assistance to the ranks.
Further, he stressed the importance of the Information Technology aspect of the exercise, noting that with the changing times, the use of the computer has become imperative.
Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee lauded the initiative taken by the police to highlight the opening of the course. He stated that ever so often the force is painted in a bad light by some sections of the media.
“The force has made the right decision to highlight the opening, this goes to show the public what the force has been doing in its effort to provide a better quality of service to the society.” The Minister added that he was pleased to be a part of the opening since his ministry remains committed to the development of the security force. He added that it is his hope that the course will soon be able to facilitate participants from other Caribbean countries.
Meanwhile, the course is scheduled to run for the next two and a half months. The main objectives of the course include, improving participants’ professional competence, upgrading their knowledge in the art of leadership, techniques of human behaviour and the skill of communication and upgrading their competence in the use of English as a means of increasing the effectiveness of their job performance.
The course will also seek to enable participants to appreciate their role in the context of the legal framework pertaining to Guyana, and will stimulate their thoughts and energies, and maintain and strengthen formal links among uniformed services in Guyana, thereby creating a formidable spirit of cordiality and brotherhood.
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