With mounting crime in the city, the Castries Constituency Council is looking to ensure that city police officers have the skills necessary to keep the city safe.
Two City Police Officers returned Sunday after participating in an intensive Security training exercise in Trinidad and Tobago.
Sergeant Yone Camchon and Officer Joshua Lubin joined participants from over ten Caribbean countries for the three day training program facilitated by the Miami Dade College and the Caribbean Institute for Security and Public Safety.
A United States expert, Mr. Julio Pinera, a Bomb Technician and Former Secret Service and FBI Agent shared strategies and best practices in Operational Planning for Security, Threat and Vulnerability Assessment, Loss Prevention Strategies, Incident Response, Physical Security Checks, Terrorism Awareness and Prevention, Personnel Selection and Training, Employee Fraud and Social Engineering.
Sergeant Camchon stated that he was honored to have been chosen to attend the exercise, adding that he intends to put into practice what was taught, in making Castries a safer city.
“The experience was quite amazing. I really didn’t know what to expect. It’s going to be a huge benefit to the City Police Department as I share the information from the training with my colleagues. I’ve participated in a number of training programs over my 15 year career, but none compared to what we were taught and the information that has been provided as part of this recent training.”
Officer Joshua Lubin referred to the training as “incredibly professional”. “It was an eye opener for me and I will use the training as a guide in executing my responsibilities.”
In congratulating the officers, Mayor Peterson D. Francis expressed his hope that the knowledge and expertise acquired will be put to good use in the discharge of their duties. He stated that municipal policing is a global concern and everyone should get involved.
The efforts must be ramped up to combat the threats to security, he said, adding that the knowledge gained should be shared among other officers.
According to Mayor Francis, other officers will be given the opportunity to embark on similar training initiatives in the future.
Last month 13 City Police Officers completed a month long training program at the Police Training Academy.