Police young leader trainees promoted


The graduates in a souvenir photograph with guests

Also promoted at the colourful ceremony held at Seychelles Police Academy were four Cadet Constables who became Trainee Constables.

Police Commissioner Ernest Quatre promoted them in the presence of Home Affairs, Environment, Transport and Energy Minister Joel Morgan, under whose portfolio the police department falls.

Also there was the principal secretary for Industry Lucy Athanasius, who oversees the Young Leaders Programme, the graduates’ lecturers and family members among other important guests.

In a message to the newly promoted, President James Michel said he appreciated that they have chosen to join the force where they have shown determination and perseverance leading them to complete the rigorous training.

“You are now young leaders in your own right, well-equipped to enforce law and order, and contributing to peace and security in our country,” said Mr Michel, who launched the series of young leaders programmes a few years ago.

Mr Michel told them our expectations of them are high, but he is confident they will not fail us, as the New Seychelles deserves the best of its police officers.

In his printed message to them, Mr Quatre referred to the 12 as dynamic young police leaders who are aspiring to lead the force to new heights.

He said the group made history as it was the first time such a scheme has been incepted to groom young people to take leading roles in the police.

Mr Morgan told them they have attained an important level in the development of their career in the Seychelles Police Force.

Minister Morgan addressing the young leaders

“You are stepping out of the Police Academy as Sergeants armed with the requisite skills and confidence to cope with the important responsibilities that your duty, as police officers, entails.  Evidently, all those hours that you have dedicated here to learning and physical training have brought positive results that certainly make this institution proud,” he said.

“From leadership to management, supervision to command, humanitarian law to penal code, policing in general, you have been equipped with essential aspects of your duties demanded for competency.
“May the pride of your achievement reflect the determination to do justice to the noble profession that you have chosen,” he told them.

“As Young Police Leaders and Cadet Constables, your integrity will depend on the good manner in which you are expected to conform to the ethics of professional police officers.  This profession is fraught with complexities as much as it is rewarded with the satisfaction of accomplishment.”

He reminded them they have made an oath to uphold law and order in our society and the manner in which they respond to the needs of the public will say a lot about their dignity as police officers.

Mr Morgan thanked the course’s programmers, local and international lecturers and institutions that helped them succeed.

He reminded them that Mr Michel has always stressed the need for the police force to be one that is highly professional, not only in the attitudes of its personnel but also in the delivery of their tasks.

“This programme in itself accentuates our government’s plan and commitment towards the professionalisation of our police force, to render our society an even better service.”

He thanked the President for the vision and initiative to provide the police force with the necessary baggage and opportunities, to enhance the officers’ development and ensure career satisfaction.

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