Police officers sharpening leadership and interviewing skills

Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 05, 2019 (RSCNPF): The final two weeks of a six-week training course in interviewing and leadership skills got underway at the conference room at the Customs Department on Monday, March 04, with Police Officers of various ranks.

The training is being conducted by Mervyn “Darby” Allen from the United Kingdom who specialises in interviewing and leadership skills. Mr. Allen was invited to the federation last year to introduce a new interviewing system for the Police. At the time, he began training Officers in that area and has now returned to continue. Mr. Allen described the course as consisting of many facets, the key areas being ways to interview people ethically and without infringing their human rights. The activity also includes members of Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise Department. This most recent training exercise began on February 04, 2019 with the first two weeks focusing on senior Officers.

During that time, the senior Officers were also given a shortened interview skills course to sharpen their interviewing capabilities. The second two weeks focused primarily on interviewing skills. It was directed at Officers of all ranks, but targeted those who worked in the Criminal Investigation Department and those who undertake interviews in uniform.

These final two weeks is helping to prepare another group of Officers to carry out their duties ethically and within the law.

By the end of the training course on March 15, some forty (40) persons would have benefitted

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