(Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister)
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -– Twenty-three Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force officers received training this week on close protection techniques taught by Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officers. The course is designed teach police officers how to keep high value individuals such as dignitaries, safe.
The Ministry of National Security facilitated the course as part of the Team Unity administration’s emphasis on training for security personnel in the Federation throughout 2019.
Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, sat with the training course instructors and was briefed on the outcomes of various exercises.
One of the instructors, Jennifer Lacelle, said the course covered a broad range of topics and saw participants benefit from hands-on training during practical sessions. She commended the local participants for their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn.
Dr. Harris expressed gratitude to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for assisting the twin island Federation in strengthening its security capabilities.
Dr. Harris recently stated that his administration inherited a situation in 2015 where a large number of police officers were in uniform but had not yet been exposed to formal training.
“We are correcting this unfortunate situation and consecrating the future,” Dr. Harris explained. “We expect to start training additional recruits early in 2019. This will be course #43, and 36 recruits are expected to be adequately prepared to serve as police officers. With the completion of this upcoming course, literally all police officers would have been exposed to formal training as recruits and graduated from their course.”
In 2018, 155 police officers received training. Of that total, 43 officers travelled overseas to attend courses, while 112 officers received training here in the Federation.