Over the next six weeks, beach patrol officers will undergo training to sharpen their skills.
Twelve officers from the the Ministry of Tourism’s Beach Safety and Security Unit (BSSU) will be part of a special training course being held at the Sir Wright F. George Police Academy at Langfords.
The main objective of the programme “is to equip the BSSU with key skills that would … enhance [and] improve beach security across Antigua and Barbuda.”
Permanent Secretary Walter Christopher says the six-week course is just one element of the Ministry’s preparation for the revival of the tourism industry post-COVID.
Christopher says the Ministry intends to restructure and strengthen the Unit and expects that, after the course is completed, the beach officers will function more proficiently.
He says the course was designed to assist officers develop their communication and technical skills in order to execute their duties in an ethical manner.
Preparations for the training began last October, and the officers selected to participate showed great enthusiasm about the special opportunity, Christopher reports.
The training programme is a collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism and the Police Force.