BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, August 15, 2019 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) –
Speaking at the Passing out Ceremony of 31 graduates of Course #43 on Wednesday, August 14, Prime Minister Harris said that over the last four-plus years Team Unity inducted 167 new police officers in the Police Force through consistent training over five courses since 2015: Courses #39, #40, #41, #42 and #43.
In contrast, the bygone Denzil Douglas-led administration had two batches of trainees in Courses #37 and #38 producing a mere 48 additional constables over the period 2010-2014.
The Dr. Harris-led Team Unity Government has given consistent high levels of support to the police, which include providing the highest ever budgetary allocations $80.4 million in 2019. In 2014, the Douglas administration provided $15 million to National Security.
The group of recruits who graduated on Wednesday consisted of nationals from St. Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica and Grenada.