Participants of the National Security and Crisis Management course
Participants of the National Security and Crisis Management course
Prime Minister Harris is pictured with facilitators and participants of National Security and Crisis Management course.

Senior security officials participate in crisis management training course

From the press unit in the Office of the Prime Minister 

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – Thirty senior security officers and other senior personnel from various government agencies are benefiting from a two-week training course that seeks to equip them with competencies in critically evaluating the prevailing logistics of national security and developing their perspectives on effective strategy planning in crises.

This is being done through a National Security and Crisis Management Course April 23-May 4 at the Police Training School. It is being facilitated by lecturers from Galilee International Management Institute out of Israel.

The course participants are drawn from the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force, Her Majesty’s Prison, the Customs and Excise Department, the St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services, the Ministry of Tourism, the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Ministry of Education.

Addressing the opening ceremony earlier today, Prime Minister and Minister of National Security the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris described the course as a comprehensive training programme that will prepare senior government personnel to respond to evolving global threats.

“Given the fact that at times we think we are far removed from the threats that are happening in the Middle East [or] in the United States, for example, the truth is the world has shrunk and it has become so much smaller,” Harris said. “Anything that can happen in Israel can happen here [and] anything that can happen in the United States of America can also happen here. That is why we have to stay ahead of what is happening.”

Harris implored the course participants to take seriously the lessons and information that will be shared by the lecturers from Galilee International Management Institute, which has more than 30 years of experience in designing and implementing advanced leadership management training programmes. “I hope that the instructions given will be given the serious reflection and appropriate implementation in your work so that at the end of it, the country’s standard of security…would have been tremendously enhanced and improved as a result of your participation,” he said.

This is the second time within a matter of months that the Ministry of National Security in St. Kitts and Nevis has collaborated with the Galilee International Management Institute. In December 2017, four officers representing Her Majesty’s Prison, the police force, the Customs Department and SKNDF completed three weeks of training at the institute’s headquarters in northern Israel.