(ZIZ News) – Fifteen officers from different security agencies in St. Kitts and Nevis successfully completed an Instructor Development and Classroom Management Course on Monday.
The course was designed to assist with the development of a cadre of instructors in various disciplines and saw participation from members of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, the Fire and Rescue Services Department and officers from Her Majesty’s Prison.
Deputy Commandant of the Police Training School, Inspector Eldrin Dickenson explained the need for that type of training in St. Kitts and Nevis.
He said, “The annual recruit training is due to commence and we do not have instructors to deliver in our classrooms and on our drill square. Further, the new training academy is due for completion in 2016 and all instructors must complete a similar or equivalent Instructional Development and Classroom Management training before instructing in that new facility.”
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Vaughan Henderson said he is confident the police force will eventually reap the benefits from the training.
“When I look at the participants, both from the fire and the prison services and the police, I can safely say that the participants are what we consider the ‘crème de la crème’ or the cream of the crop. Some of our best and some of our finest officers have been chosen to be instructors. And so, I am almost certain that the benefits that will be derived from this type of training will far surpass our expectations,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Acting Commissioner of Police, Stafford Liburd called on the newly graduated instructors to help raise the standards of policing in the Federation.
He said, “It is the desire of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force that we maintain a standard; a standard that shows improvement because as we look forward in starting the new training course in 2015 with a new batch of recruits, we are hoping that several of you will come at some point in time and deliver lectures and as we do so, we expect the standard to surely improve.”
Topics addressed during the course included the role of the trainer, identifying learning styles, principle of adult learning, teaching methods of adult learning and intervention and transactional analysis.
The two-week Instructor Development and Classroom Management Course was funded by the European Union.