On Monday the 30th of May, 2016, the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force launched a training module for First Responders who interface with victims of crime.
The trainees included 27 Police Officers and 1 participant from the Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security.
The training was organized with assistance from the Probation and Parole Department of the Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security and was undertaken at the request of the Minister for Legal Affairs, Home Affairs and National Security, Senator the Honourable Victor Philip La Corbiniere.
Speaking at the commencement of the training, the Honourable Victor Philip La Corbiniere commended Commissioner Severin Monchery, Assistant Commissioner Crusita Pelius and Assistant Superintendent Mashama Sealy for their lead and input in ensuring the realization of the training.
He also commended the Director of Probation and Parole, Mrs Yolanda Jules-Louis for developing the training module and for overseeing delivery of the training.
He acknowledged the presence and support of Ms Alina Auguste, who was also a trainer for the course.
The Minister was of the view that the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force must strengthen its governance practices and service delivery, to address the needs of Saint Lucia and Saint Lucians.
He said that certain groups such as children, women, the differently abled and sexually diverse groups were going to be given special consideration in the training.
He emphasized the need to carry through the training for all Police Officers and urged the participants to maximize the benefits of the training with a view to becoming better Police Officers.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Severin Monchery, urged the course participants to respect the rights of everyone and urged that victims had to be handled with sensitivity. He said that the Human Rights of victims must be respected at all times. He noted that it was his intention to ensure that all Police Officers benefited from the training and that others would be trained over a period of time. The Commissioner expressed his gratitude for the support of his Officers and the Probation and Parole Department in making the training possible.