The Canadian Government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project is hosting a training course on death notification for police officers of varying ranks from Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Montserrat and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The two-day training course, which is being held at the Accra Beach Hotel, Christ Church, commenced with an Opening Session on November 17th under the chairmanship of Prof. Velma Newton, Regional Project Director of IMPACT Justice. Her Excellency Marie Legault, High Commissioner of Canada to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, delivered remarks on behalf of the Government of Canada. Participants were also addressed by Staff Sergeant Jason Walker of the Calgary Police Service and Acting Assistant Commissioner Erwin Boyce delivered remarks on behalf of the Royal Barbados Police Force.
The training is addressing the delivery of death notification to families of victims by police officers and will include topics such as attending the scene, fundamentals of death notification, survivors’ reactions, stages of grieving and the handling of the victim’s property. It is being facilitated by Police Sergeants Jason Walker and Andrew Woodward, both of the Calgary Police Service.