Feb 28, 2013 News
… Commander Joseph tells new police officers
By Leon Suseran
The Police Commander of ‘B’ Division, Assistant Commissioner, Brian Joseph, has stated that police training needs to evolve and change with the times. He was addressing the 24 new police officers who graduated recently from the Felix Austin Police College (FAPC) ‘B’ Division, Adventure, Corentyne.
“Like almost everything among us, police training is evolving; therefore we all need to make some serious adjustments to the way we do things. You have to be able to determine what participants already know and therefore what you can spend less or more time with.”
He added that there are modern learning techniques that can be used more widely for training police officers.
“We have to be able to understand and apply adult learning techniques such as problem-based learning, scenario-based exercises and role-playing, in addition to lectures”.
The approach to learning, he stated, must be one that “contributes to the development and modernization as reflected in the Guyana Police Force’s current engagement with Capita Symonds Consultant Group”.
The Commander spoke of stains that affect public trust in police officers nationwide, such as corruption; [lack of] public trust, low morals; poor personal values of officers; lack of values of new officer, [lack of] honesty, abuse of rank, power and authority; poor work ethics of new recruits; and a lack of sense of responsibly, respect and loyalty”.
Assistant Commissioner Joseph congratulated and thanked the Station Management Committee of FAPC for the work they have been doing and “let you know that the Force’s administration is supportive of all the activities and we will continue to support you in this area.”
The diligence of hard work and commitment by the force, he stated, can assist in earning tremendous respect from Guyanese citizens.
Inspector Yonette Stephens, who is also a classroom instructor, outlined that on January 15, 2012, some 30 young men from various regions across Guyana embarked on their police training, during which one rank left shortly after training to pursue another career, while five others left for “administrative reasons”.
The training, she added, comprised of several modules such as Information Technology training; Drill and Musketry; Police Duties (Theory & Practical); Traffic; Crime; and Micro Computer Studies. The ranks were also attending computer classes at the University of Guyana Berbice Campus (UGBC), where they gained skills in oral and written communication; problem- solving skills, etc. Training, she noted, was done in the areas of domestic violence as well as human rights. A friend of the FAPC, Mr. Ali also facilitated First-Aid classes with the recruits.
After formal training, the ranks were attached to the FAPC Georgetown where they were engaged in firearm training at the Tactical Services Unit and completed their live firing exercises. Some 99 per cent of the ranks gained 60 per cent and above.
Constable 21676 Towler was adjudged Best Classroom Student.
Awards were also presented to the Best Students in several areas. Best Shot went to Const. 21637 Rohit; Best Drill, Const. 21659 McGarrell; Most Improved Student, Const. 21635 Grosvenor; Best I.T. Student, Const. 21672 Phillips; Best Classroom Student, Const. 21676 Towler; Runner- up Classroom Student, Const. 21672 Fraser.
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