Po­lice Re­ceive ‘Use Of Force’ Train­ing

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

The Miami Dade Col­lege School of Jus­tice and the Caribbean In­sti­tute for Se­cu­rity and Public Safety (CISPS) re­cently hosted their first joint train­ing pro­gramme in Trinidad on the quite top­i­cal is­sue of “The Use of Force”. The pro­gramme ran for three days (Fe­bru­ary 3-5, 2015) at the end of which 37 par­tic­i­pants were awarded a joint Cer­tifi­cate from the Miami Dade Col­lege and the CISPS.

Par­tic­i­pants came from a cross sec­tion of public safety in­sti­tu­tions in Trinidad in­clud­ing the Trinidad and Tobago De­fence Force - Reg­i­ment, Coast Guard, Air Guard, Re­serves, Head­quar­ters; Tran­sit Po­lice; Im­mi­gra­tion Detention Cen­tre; PLIPDECO; Petrotrin; Po­lice Ser­vice; Pri­son Ser­vice; and Of­fice of Law En­force­ment Pol­icy.

Among the train­ers were Dr. Raimundo So­corro, Direc­tor, School of Jus­tice, Miami Dade Col­lege, Mr. Dar­win Villav­i­cen­cio, De­tec­tive, Vir­ginia Gar­dens Po­lice Depart­ment and Lec­turer, Miami Dade Col­lege, and Mr. James Philbert, At­tor­ney at Law and for­mer Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Trinidad and Tobago Po­lice Ser­vice.

Some of the key is­sues pre­sented in the train­ing pro­gramme were the con­cept of pro­ce­dural jus­tice to deal with use of force, lev­els of use of force, poli­cies and strate­gies to deal with use of force, var­i­ous tech­niques in in­ves­ti­gat­ing use of force in­ci­dents, re­spond­ing to the me­dia af­ter use of force in­ci­dents, law and reg­u­la­tions.

At the end of the train­ing, the par­tic­i­pants in­di­cated that the course was timely, rel­e­vant and ex­tremely ben­e­fi­cial es­pe­cially in light of al­le­ga­tions of abuse of force both in the United States and in Trinidad and Tobago. Ad­di­tional com­ments were “in­sight­ful”, “use­ful to the protective ser­vices” and “mind open­ing”. Some even sug­gested that this course should be af­forded to all mem­bers of the public and pri­vate se­cu­rity and public safety in­sti­tu­tions, as well as to pol­icy mak­ers.

Miami Dade Col­lege trains over 175,000 stu­dents an­nu­ally and is the largest in­sti­tu­tion of higher ed­u­ca­tion in the United States. Its School of Jus­tice of­fers bach­e­lors, as­so­ciate de­gree and cer­tifi­cate pro­grammes in var­i­ous ar­eas of public safety, in­clud­ing fire, po­lice, cor­rec­tions and pri­vate se­cu­rity.

The CISPS boasts of be­ing the pre­mier in­sti­tu­tion for Se­cu­rity and Public Safety train­ing in the Caribbean and of­fers a wide range of dy­namic, in­dus­try-rel­e­vant cour­ses to­wards the devel­op­ment of se­cu­rity and public safety per­son­nel of the high­est stan­dard through­out the Caribbean re­gion.

Par­tic­i­pants and pre­sen­ters at the Trinidad work­shop.

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