Police liaison officers ready to better serve community


17-July-2013

The officers who received certificates in a souvenir photograph with guests

The group of 24 officers received their certificates in a brief ceremony at the Seychelles Police Academy (SPA) at Pointe Larue last Friday in the presence of the Police director of operations Frank Dutton, chief superintendent Philip Cecile, SPA commander François Freminot and the workshop’s lead facilitator Desirée Hermitte.

Addressing the liaison officers on behalf of Police Commissioner Ernest Quatre, who could not be present, chief superintendent Cecile said that the course had come at an opportune time when the police have to deal with an increasing number of social ills as well as accidents or fire cases.

He added that the training had covered areas of concern which will bring lasting solutions.

Wishing that the officers put into practice what they have learnt, he promised that the police will continue to organise similar courses in the future.
“There is more to come because as a force, we must keep abreast of changes,” he said.

On her part, inspector Nancy Henry who gave an overview of the workshop, said that the liaison officers will now be in a better position to serve the community.

“Something needed to be done as we had realised that our district officers were not delivering to the best of their ability. So we had to empower them with the necessary tools in order to render them more efficient. The course has been a fruitful one as the liaison officers are now well versed in police duties and this will make them bring a change to the community. We have also observed a change in character as some who were timid are now more open.”

One of the course participants, corporal Margaret Vital, thanked the police for having organised the training, which she said has given them a better understanding of community policing and will enhance their aptitude in their line of duty.

She said that they have broadened their knowledge in topics such as self awareness, time management, leadership, child protection, drug abuse as well as family and domestic violence.

Promising to go out and make a difference in the community, she expressed her hope that the police will continue to offer such programmes.

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