Senior police officers engaged in leadership training to position them for transformation and transition, Commissioner says

High-ranking officers in the Police Force are now engaged in a series of leadership-development training courses at the Sir Wright F. George Police Academy.

Reportedly these courses will run throughout the year and are geared towards enhancing the overall development and performance of police officers for future leadership.

The first exercise commenced on Monday, February 13, with 20 participants – assistant superintendents and inspectors – participating in a Senior Executive Leadership Development Workshop.

The workshop is organized, in part, with the Training Division in the Ministry of Social Transformation.  It is led by Chief Training Officer Dr. Miguelle Christopher and her team, along with other facilitators specializing in the field of law enforcement and other areas.

Commissioner of Police Atlee Rodney, as the director of training, was among several senior officers present at a brief opening ceremony.

Rodney says the training is an indication that the administration of the Force believes in educating the next generation of leaders.

He told the participants they should appreciate the value of such an exercise – but, more importantly, at their rank, the value of leadership training.

According to the commissioner, the Police Force is at a stage where transformation and transition are fast approaching, and the other senior officers must be prepared to carry on the mandate of the organization.

Deputy Commissioner Everton Jeffers, supervisor of training, echoed similar sentiments, saying the administration believes in capacity building.

Once the Force provides its human resources with the necessary training, he said, this should take them to the places where they are supposed to be.

Some of the topics that will be covered include Emotional Intelligence, Corruption in Public Office, Ethics in Law Enforcement, Creating an Enabling Environment for Staff Development, Human Rights, Mental Health, and Citizen-centered Leadership.

The participants will also be engaged in a series of impromptu sessions daily.  The workshop will end on Friday, February 17.