SP Police Constables undergo training
Thursday, February 25th, 2016
Several police constables from the island were part of a refresher course aimed at improving the service they provide to the community. The training was held from Thursday, February 18th to Saturday, February 20th, and was led by inspector Dehanne Augustine, who is attached to the Caye Caulker Police formation. Officers were educated on how to effectively respond to certain situations, and they even received training in properly recording data.
According to Inspector Augustine, the training is very important as it serves to polish officers’ skills so they can carry on with their daily duties in a more efficient manner. “The training once again reminds police officers of the proper procedures they should execute when encountering any situation. It is very important for them to know the procedures when dealing with minors, people with mental illnesses and also know how to record each detail of any investigation from the moment it happens. This will enhance a proper filing of data and as well keep the police on safe grounds when dealing with cases that may have judiciary intervention,” said Augustine during the presentation. The training also touched on proper police behavior and ways to deal with criminal incidents.
Inspector Augustine stated that refresher courses help police officers in maintaining the standards of the Police Department and their performance. It also gives the community the assurance that their police officers/constables are professionals and well taught about the laws of the country.
The training sessions also promoted the Citizens on Patrol Program (COP), which is an initiative from the Belize Police Department to engage local residents to work closely with the police. The program has proved to be working and building safer neighborhoods. According to Augustine the COP program creates stronger communities that are better aware and dedicated to their neighborhoods. The relationship between the citizens and police gets stronger, healthier and more efficient when coming together in avoiding/solving crimes. Anyone interested in joining is encouraged to contact the Commanding Officers in their area to obtain more information and sign up.
It is expected that with well-trained law enforcement personnel, there will be a better relationship with the residents and encourage them to continue trusting and cooperating with the local authorities.
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