The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Two city po­lice of­fi­cers re­turned from Trinidad and Tobago on Sun­day af­ter suc­cess­ful par­tic­i­pa­tion in a se­cu­rity train­ing ex­er­cise.

Sergeant Yone Cam­chon and Of­fi­cer Joshua Lu­bin from the City Po­lice De­part­ment of Saint Lu­cia were among par­tic­i­pants from over ten Caribbean coun­tries at the re­cent un­der­tak­ing. The three-day in­ten­sive train­ing pro­gramme was con­ducted by the Mi­ami Dade Col­lege and the Caribbean In­sti­tute for Se­cu­rity and Public Safety.

Julio Pin­era, a bomb tech­ni­cian and for­mer Se­cret Ser­vice and FBI agent, shared strate­gies and best prac­tices in op­er­a­tional plan­ning for se­cu­rity, threat and vul­ner­a­bil­ity as­sess­ment, loss pre­ven­tion strate­gies, in­ci­dent re­sponse, phys­i­cal se­cu­rity checks, ter­ror­ism aware­ness and pre­ven­tion, per­son­nel se­lec­tion and train­ing, em­ployee fraud and so­cial en­gi­neer­ing.

Sergeant Cam­chon noted that he was honoured to have been cho­sen to at­tend the ex­er­cise. He in­tends to put into prac­tice what was taught to help make Cas­tries a safer city.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence was quite amaz­ing,” he said. “I re­ally didn’t know what to ex­pect. It’s go­ing to be a huge ben­e­fit to the City Po­lice De­part­ment as I share the in­for­ma­tion from the train­ing with my col­leagues. I’ve par­tic­i­pated in a num­ber of train­ing pro­grammes over my 15-year ca­reer, but none com­pared to what we were taught and the in­for­ma­tion that has been pro­vided as part of this re­cent train­ing.”

Of­fi­cer Lu­bin re­ferred to the train­ing as “in­cred­i­bly pro­fes­sional”.

“It was an eye-opener for me and I will use the train­ing as a guide in ex­e­cut­ing my re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,” he shared.

In con­grat­u­lat­ing the of­fi­cers, His Wor­ship, Mayor Peter­son D. Fran­cis ex­pressed hope that the knowl­edge and ex­per­tise ac­quired will be put to good use in the dis­charge of their du­ties. He stated that mu­nic­i­pal polic­ing is a global con­cern and ev­ery­one should be in­volved. Ac­cord­ing to the Mayor, the ef­forts must be ramped up to com­bat the threats to se­cu­rity. Fran­cis has con­firmed that of­fi­cers will be given the op­por­tu­nity to em­bark on sim­i­lar train­ing ini­tia­tives in the fu­ture. Just last month, 13 city po­lice of­fi­cers com­pleted a month­long train­ing pro­gramme at the Po­lice Train­ing Academy.

From left to right: Anselma Calderon, CEO of the Cas­tries Con­stituen­cies Coun­cil; Of­fi­cer Joshua Lu­bin; Mayor Peter­son D. Fran­cis, and Sergeant Yone Cam­chon.

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