(BASSETERRE, March 5, 2018) Thirty officers of the Royal St. Christopher & Nevis Police Force recently received refresher training in the Law of Evidence, Report Writing, Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques at a workshop sponsored by the Canadian Government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project. The three-day workshop was held February 26-28, at the Police Training Complex in Ponds Pasture, Basseterre.
The lead facilitator, Bertie A. Hinds, is the Managing Director of BAH Consulting Ltd and was the Deputy Executive Director of the Regional Security System and a former Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Barbados Police Force. He was ably assisted by Tyrone Sargeant, who retired from the Royal Barbados Police Force as a Senior Superintendent of Police and Divisional Commander.
In his welcome remarks at the Opening Ceremony on Monday, Commissioner of Police of the Royal St. Christopher & Nevis Police Force, Ian Queeley, stressed the importance of the training and implored the trainees to take full advantage of the workshop. Delivering remarks on behalf of IMPACT Justice’s Regional Project Director, Professor Velma Newton, Mr. Hinds noted that the rising crime and violence in the region required officers even more than before to keep up-to-date with modern investigation techniques.
This was the third such police training workshop held by IMPACT Justice in the Eastern Caribbean. Last year, the Project provided similar training for officers in St. Lucia and Grenada, and will shortly be offering a similar workshop in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.