The training of the 27 men and women began on December 02, 2019. As is the norm, there was a break in classroom sessions during the Christmas/Carnival season to allow the recruits to assist with law enforcement duties. The December 14 break provided practical experience for the recruits to test what they would have learnt earlier.
Sessions resumed on January 13, 2020, and the training is currently in its 11th week. The recruits already are deep into a number of topics including general duties, self-defence, evidence and procedure, weapons training and more.
Lessons in Internal Security, usually covered in the later sections of the course, are also being reviewed. This is important given the many public events currently taking place in the lead up to a general election.
Inspector Edwards said the men and women are young but vibrant and have come together as a team as they undergo the rigours of police training. She encouraged the public to show support for the recruits as they serve the community.
“If you meet them on the street, treat them with the same respect that you will give the rest of the Police Force,” Inspector Edwards stated.
Training Course 44 is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2020. Since 2015, five training courses have produced graduates from the Police Training Complex adding 167 new members to the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force.