(ZIZ News) — The Director of Public Prosecution, in collaboration with the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, is hosting training sessions, this week, on “Practical Prosecution and Proactive Law Enforcement”.
The training is expected to equip law enforcement practitioners with knowledge on topics including file management and presenting evidence in court which will assist in enhancing the cooperation among the criminal justice system, the court and police.
Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for Crime, Ian Queeley called on the participants to learn as much as they can.
He said, “This training, I hastened to say, has been devised with real practical approach and your participation is vital. I therefore urge you, the participants, to be very interactive. I urge you also to, not challenge, but express your varying points of views as the relevant subjects are fleshed out.”
Director of Public Prosecution, Travers Sinanan said the law enforcement officials are fortunate to learn directly from three of the United Kingdom’s top legal minds.
“The benefit is all to you. There are two ways you can do this; you can come and sit and stare into space and take no part, and you will learn nothing or you can come and be interactive and learn a whole lot. The training team you have is probably, for those of you who follow football not ‘Premier League’ but ‘Champions League’. So you are talking about the very best and I urge you to grab it with both hands,” he said.
One of the facilitators, His Honour Judge Shaun Lyons CBE, said the ultimate aim of the workshop is to facilitate closer working relations with the relevant departments.
“The theme of this particular week is to try and get everybody to understand that whether you are a lawyer standing on your feet cross examining a defendant or whether you are the police patrolman who first comes across the body, everything that you do from the very first moment you come across that body until you end up in court interacts with each other and so we will be emphasizing the need for teamwork and understanding between the investigators and prosecutors,” he explained.
A sexual offences component of the training has been scheduled for Wednesday 21st at Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise Department Conference Room.