Five new officers now members of the Royal Montserrat Police Service

The Royal Montserrat Police Service welcomed five new officers to its ranks as they completed their fifth localised training programme for recruits.

Since 2009, the RMPS has been training new recruits on island rather than sending them off to the police training school in Barbados, which was previously the case. The recruits received more than five months of training from experts in a variety of areas in policing as well as communications, the law and social services. Acting Inspector Julian Wade completed the training after several major changes had to be made to staffing.

Police Constable Sophia Bruno copped the most awards with five. She was honoured as a member of the Best Debate Team along with PC Delbert Williams; Best Pistol Marksman, Best Debate Speaker, Best at Academics, and the Baton of Honour. Police Constable Junior Turton received the Most Disciplined Officer award in honour of their former training Inspector Elva Sweeney, who passed away during the programme. PC Shamoya Grant received the Endeavour Award; PC Leon Campbell was Best at Physical Training; the Best at Drills award went to PC Williams.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Bradley Siddell said in his address: "the profession of law enforcement is continually evolving and adapting to an ever changing life environment. Nevertheless, the core objective of police basic training has remained the same." This he explained was "to inject young adults with extreme volumes of learning in a sometimes harsh environment; to equip those with the basics to adapt to any real world human intervention and simultaneously 'thicken their skin' for the unfortunate abuses committed my men and women."

Deputy Commissioner of Police Bradley Siddell said in his address: “the profession of law enforcement is continually evolving and adapting to an ever changing life environment. Nevertheless, the core objective of police basic training has remained the same.” This he explained was “to inject young adults with extreme volumes of learning in a sometimes harsh environment; to equip those with the basics to adapt to any real world human intervention and simultaneouslythicken their skinfor the unfortunate abuses committed my men and women.”

The top official said the five new police officers “will be exposed to the truth behind human nature. They will not simply experience the facades that some people portray. They will encounter persons when they are at their worst. Yet they will faithfully perform their duties when and where called upon in service to this Nation. The impact of our newest constables will be deep and wide provided they never forget nor neglect the principles of their learning as a recruit. This high volume knowledge transfer was designed for a reason. It must form the foundation of their future development which will extend into the twilight years of their careers.”

Siddell said this initial investment of training for the five officers comes with a continuous commitment to their development. “The RMPS Management Team will form a partnership with every Officer to ensure that each month they advance to a higher level of confidence. Our mission as a learning organization is to guarantee that any expectations do not exceed an officers competency nor confidence levels.”

“The opportunities for learning and experience will never cease. I encourage each and every officer, not only our newest, to run towards the challenges and embrace change,” the deputy commissioner encouraged. “Become an agent for improvement. Adapt to creativity and modernization. Do not be idle. Do not become satisfied with the status quo.”

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