Members of the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF) and the Police Force have completed a leadership-training course that was funded by the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence.
In virtual sessions, two courses were delivered by the UK’s Defence Academy, in partnership with Cranfield University and the Regional Security System team in Barbados.
The topics covered included: leadership models and ethics; critical decision-making; the challenge of change and communication and influence within defence and the wider security sector; internationally recognized best practices; and techniques to mitigate risks and failures.
Speaking during the officers’ certification ceremony yesterday, April 22, Commissioner of Police Atlee Rodney said “the significant value of continued training cannot be overly emphasized, especially at senior leadership levels.”
Rodney said the contribution of these courses will advance the Force’s efforts to improve its leadership skills and its overall performance in providing high-quality services.
“We commend the UK government and the RSS for providing these learning opportunities, and express our heartfelt gratitude to them for yet another excellent collaborative effort,” the Commissioner said.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Defence Staff of the ABDF, Colonel Telbert Benjamin, also thanked the two entities for facilitating the courses “during these challenging times where strategic leadership is of utmost importance.”
Resident British Commissioner to Antigua and Barbuda, Lindsey Thompson, who opened one of the training courses in March, presented the awards during a ceremony held at the Sir Wright F. George Police Academy.
Congratulating the awardees, Thompson encouraged them to build on their learning experience, saying, “There can be no let-up in your continuous strive for excellence.”