Officers graduate from Strategic Planning training

DPI, GUYANA, Friday, September 15, 2017

Sixteen Police Officers from the Guyana Police Force (GPF) today graduated from a ‘Capacity Building Training in Strategic Planning’ course at the GPF Training Centre, Camp Road. The training is a direct recommendation emanating from the Security Sector Reform Programme (SSRP) interim report submitted by Presidential Adviser on Security, Russell Combe.

from right to left -:The two British trainers who facilitated the programme, British High Commissioner to Guyana (Acting) Ron Rimmer, Minster of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan, Police Commissioner (Acting0 David Ramnarine and Presidential Adviser on Security Sector Reform, Russell Combe, with participants in the two week-training session on Capacity Building for the Strategic Planning Unit of the Guyana Police Force.

The officers spent the last two weeks focusing on modernisation, succession planning, modern-day policing strategies and techniques, conducting research, preparing action plans, and monitoring and evaluation. The Department of Public Information (DPI) was there and spoke to a few of the participants who explained that the training will give them the boost to effectively conduct their jobs.

Sergeant of the GPF Roshana Beete said that the training was a very informative one. “This opportunity is graded as an A-plus because the facilitators they were excellent in terms of bringing out the different types of analysis that we can use, the models, the techniques, the inputs and outputs we need, stakeholders relationships engagement, media relations, so this was a great experience”, Beete explained.

John Krishnadath, one of the two Inspectors from the Suriname Police Force, who participated in the training stated that “we learnt that Suriname has similar problems like Guyana so the techniques that we learnt were very helpful to us at the Suriname Police Force”.

Sergeant Delon Fraser, also of the GPF, noted that the training provided a great deal of information as it relates to strategic planning and strategic management. He believes that the training will be able to take the strategic planning unit of the Guyana Police force to another level. According to Fraser, “the techniques, the information, the modules were all new and I am sure that it will be a great asset to us while working there at the SVU (Special Victims Unit)”.

Acting British High Commissioner to Guyana Ron Rimmer reiterated that the United Kingdom is keen on helping Guyana to ensure concrete tangible action is taken during the UK sponsored security sector reform process. The training course, he said, is the first of series of training activities slated to be conducted within the next few months.

He stated that the course “also demonstrates the ongoing commitments of the UK to improve the security sector here in Guyana and supports the government’s efforts to provide a safe and secure environment for its citizens”.

The Police Officers were awarded certificates at the graduation ceremony and were urged to put into practice what they have been taught. Also present at the closing ceremony was Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan and Acting Commissioner of Police David Ramnarine.


By: Isaiah Braithwaite


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