BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - THIRTY young men and women, who have chosen to become members of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, were charged to develop and maintain the public’s respect in the execution of their duties.
This charge was given by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Osmon Petty, at the recently held opening ceremony of the Police Force’s 45th Recruit Training Course.
He commended the recruits for choosing to serve as officers of the Force but questioned whether or not they would practice what would be taught in the execution of arrests and their duties.
His questioning of such was based on police behaviours being spotlighted following incidents both internationally and within the Federation that ended in officers being arrested and successfully prosecuted.
“Today, as we follow what is happening in the United States where trained police officers are committing atrocities, they were trained,” the PS noted.
He implored the recruits to understand that they must be able to ensure that they develop and maintain the approval and respect of the public in carrying out their duties.
He also underscored disciplined and called on the recruits to inculcate all of what is to be taught during their period of training.
In his address to the recruits, Commissioner Hilroy Brandy advised them to stand on three principles while undergoing the rigorous training course.
He told them to embrace the training challenges, always have a plan to deal with issues, and aspire to be the best when it comes to their roles as officers.
Among the subjects to be taught during the six-month training course are Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedure, Self Defence and How to Give and Take Statements.