BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Wednesday January 12, 2011 – St Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of National Security and Deputy Prime Minister Sam Condor, has presented to Cabinet an initiative for the standardization and improvement in the training of police officers – not only in his country, but the sub-region – and the establishment of a Law Enforcement Institute headquartered in the twin-island federation.
Condor this week invited a team from the Regional Security System (RSS) to Cabinet to make a presentation on the standardization and improvement of the training of police officers. The RSS, which provides for the planning and execution of exercises and training with assistance from time to time from the USA and the UK authorities, gave an overview of its assessment of the training programmes for police within member countries.
“The conclusion was that there was generally a lack of proper standards, facilities and programmes in all member countries – St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Grenada, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” stated a post-Cabinet briefing.
It documented the pledge of St. Kitts and Nevis to play a lead role, therefore, in creating an RSS Law Enforcement Institute to help develop and promulgate effective standards, programmes and facilities for the training of law enforcement officers.
“Under the proposed arrangement, training of lower level officers will take place in-country but will be standardized across the region. Training for higher level officers will be centralized or regionalized and is likely to be headquartered in St. Kitts and Nevis at the planned new training facility for the police,” the statement said.
The new training programme is projected to result in the improved training and performance of police officers, an increase in public confidence in law enforcement, a greater sense of shared responsibility among all stakeholders and a greater sense of ownership by members of the force.
The RSS team will make a similar presentation to other Cabinets in the region.