Wednesday 14th August, 2019-An integrated eight-week course for officers attached to the nation’s security forces – Customs and Excise Division, the Immigration Department, the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda and Her Majesty’s Prison – has ended with organisers saying the training surpassed all expectations.
Delivering the feature address, Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade Minister, Hon. E.P Chet Greene, said he is pleased with the fact that many of the students were successful at the end-of-course examinations with an average of 83 percent mark. He said he was particularly pleased that the training was home-grown and not something imported from outside which made it more relevant to the local situation.
Chief Immigration Officer, Katrina Yearwood, whose department submitted thirty of the 58 participants who took part in the training, praised the course for providing the platform upon which all future collaborations between the security forces can be built.
She noted that the value of what she termed ‘the new normal’ is security forces sharing information and working for the common goal of protecting the nation of Antigua and Barbuda. This, she emphasized, is invaluable
For his part, Deputy Comptroller of Customs, Austin Greenaway, said that the course proved that the days when the individual security force operated in isolation are at an end. He added that the view among some that each department is an entity unto itself when performing its duties must also be discarded.
In providing highlights of the training module, Course Coordinator, Nigel Emanuel, is recommending that the integrated training should be continuous for law enforcement officers. He also wants training for different levels and ranks and believes it would be an added boost to have regional and international experts deliver lectures on specific subject areas in the future.