|Police officers get tactical training|
|Thursday, 05 August 2010 08:37|
Following two weeks of intense training, 17 members of the police force successfully completed public order training.
The men and woman endured intense physical fitness and mental training by four officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force to prepare them as an elite public order division of the force.
In his welcoming address, Noel Thomas commended the local police force management for their proactive strategy in training the officers. “I commend them, and I submit they have done you proud,” he said.
The officers were trained in tactical maneuvers to be used in the event of public disorder such as riots. They were taught to use equipment such as batons and shields as well as defensive tactics. Training officer A/Superintendant Philip Wilson of the Royal Bahamas Police Public Order Training Unit said he was impressed with the officers commitment during the training and proud to see, “These officers are in love with policing.”
While addressing the graduates, Deputy Commissioner of Police Hubert Hughes said he will continue to support training of this nature in order to enforce the skills and tap into the talents the officers have. The officers are also expected to pass on the knowledge they have gained to other officers in the force to strengthen the skills of all units.
Police Commissioner Edward Hall commended the officers for their hard work and dedication to completing the training. While he said he would prefer not need to use their new skills, “I certainly want to be in a professional situation to deal with it,” he said. “I am sure if and when the situation arises, you are firm in your commitment to maintain peace and tranquility in this country.”
Hall also asked for the support of the community when the force “needs to do what they need to do” to fight crime. “Negativity has no place in people that need to be united. It is our desire to take this country back, and we will.”
Assistant Police Commissioner Dave Ryder thanked the commissioner for lending his support to the training, approving the funding for both the training and extra gear required.
“The task these officers face is much more difficult than any of us can imagine,” Ryder said. “It requires courage, skill, determination, team work, tenacity and will to fight on when all seems desperate.”
Ryder also appealed to the community to support the officers and have confidence in their abilities.
After the graduation, the officers held a demonstration of their newly acquired skills.
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