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Police Brush up on Skills

Twenty-one police officers and special constables working in West Bay have completed a special training session designed to keep them up-to-date with policing methods and practices. On Saturday, November 24, Crown Counsel Kirsty-Ann Gunn conducted a two and a half hour training session at the police station which was designed to help officers do their jobs to the best of their ability.

The session covered aspects of policing such as the recording of original notes of an incident, how to structure a statement and how best to complete a summary of facts ready for court proceedings.

"A continued knowledge of best practices is vital for officers," said Area Commander Chief Inspector Angelique Howell. "We are committed to ensuring our officers and staff are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to allow them to carry out their duty as best as they can. This includes ensuring we keep up-to-date with policing methods and best practices."

The training included details such as what key elements should be recorded into notebooks when responding to incidents, when and where to record these notes and the importance of having notes when appearing in court. The training was concluded with two role plays relating to offences that officers frequently deal with to demonstrate how the training fits into the reality of policing.

"This was a highly successful session which we found extremely useful and informative and our thanks are sent to Ms Gunn for her time and insight," said Mrs Howell. "We anticipate that sessions such as this will continue in the future to ensure the continued development and progression of our staff."

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

For more information, call Deborah Denis at 244-3004.