There is a call for the development of strong partnerships between law enforcement and the community. The plea has come from Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, who was speaking at the 134th Passing Out Parade of the Regional Police Training Centre.

Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite

In stressing the importance of cultivating citizens trust and respect for the police, the Attorney General stated that the police could not perform their duties effectively without public support.

Graduates, it should be recognised that effective policing does not magically result only from good training and state of the art equipment, it requires a true partnership between law enforcement and the involvement of the community in assisting the police,” he added.

The Minister urged the recruits to grasp all the opportunities which the force had to offer.

You are going to be exposed to the many intriguing areas of policing that exist in the Force. Take it all in and look for the challenge that fires you up. What will you want to do? Community policing, criminal investigations, forensics, financial intelligence, traffic management, handwriting experts or train others?

The Attorney General highlighted the need for a “reputable character” and the ability to work as a team as two important characteristics of policing. “If you seek to live a life of integrity and encourage this positive quality in others you will undoubtedly earn the trust of your peers, your supervisor and the wider community. We should all be ever mindful that police work is a business of partnership at all levels and you have to work closely with each other, including the public, on your journey in encouraging citizens to obey the law”.

Thirty three men and one woman graduated from Regional Police Training Centre, which celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. {COURTESYAR/BGIS}

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