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Contact:  Kerwin Xavier


Tuesday 27 September 2011 “As Minister for National Security I will not tolerate corruption or criminal behaviour on the part of any police officer.”   That was the message sounded by the Minister for National Security – Sen. Guy Mayers, to the 39 new police recruits at the opening ceremony marking the official commencement of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force Academy “Course 32” training programme.   According to Minister Mayers, the training is coming at a time when the country is battling serious deviant behaviour especially among its young people. 


“The success of the training programme will therefore depend on every level and rank of the police force, inclusive of the skills, experience, and integrity of your peers and the persons conducting the training

“I implore you—the new recruits—to uphold discipline and the principles of the police pledge.  Remain morally upright; serve with excellence and enforce the law at all times.”        


Acting Police commissioner Vernon Francois says, several new components have been added to this year’s training programme, including recruits taking the police oath ahead of the training period, and a mentoring programme.


“The field training officer scheme is a relatively new concept whereby experienced police officers are assigned as mentors to police probationers. The law prescribes a probationary period of 2 years. If at any time during that period it is determined that you are unlikely to become an efficient police officer, I will have no recourse but to dismiss you.   You are joining an organization with a strong value system – this is not a job but a calling – I implore you to be professional in your every endeavour. Service to others and country must be the hallmark of your career.  Let your every action be guided by being a credit to your force and country.”  


The training is expected to run for a 6-month period after which recruits will undertake the mandatory 2 year probationary period before being eligible for a permanent position.

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