Eight Officers from the St Helena Police Service have just completed an eight week initial Constable training course. Five officers, including one Cadet, are Saint Helenian and three of the officers are from the UK employed on local contracts. A special ceremony was held in the Council Chamber on Thursday 2 April to mark this achievement.

Subjects covered during the course included:

  • Safeguarding, Police Ethics and general police procedures
  • St Helena and UK Law – theft, criminal damage, sexual offences, firearms, assaults, drugs, public order and traffic
  • Powers of arrest, search and entry
  • Officer safety training, water rescue and first aid
  • Witness statement-taking, suspect interviewing and case file building
  • Two major incident exercises – simulated suspected Ebola case and minibus crash at Prince Andrew School.

These subjects where taught in the classroom, in role play with Officers and then practical application in the community.

All the Officers will now put into practice what they have learnt, over the next 18 months, during which time they will be assessed to ensure they reach the standard expected of Officers in the post of Constable.

Sergeant Matt Breeze commented:

“It’s great to see young Saints wanting to serve their community, during this exciting time for St Helena.

“The Officers were very committed to their training, but the real work starts now as they put what they have learnt into practice on the streets.”

Chief of Police, Trevor Botting added:

“The training of new Officers is critical given the complex nature of policing. I have seen the confidence of individuals grow as they completed their training and I look forward to seeing their continued development as they protect and serve our community.”

Trevor Botting, Chief of Police

SHG

10 April 2015

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