Corrections recruits learn self-defence and safety skills
Recruits preparing to become corrections officers received specialist training in use-of-force techniques to help them deal with challenges they could encounter in their roles.
Michael Weeks, the Minister of National Security, visited the group last week when they learnt moves at Warwick Camp.
He said: “Training that prioritises safety equips our officers to handle challenges effectively in their critical roles.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Lamb, the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of National Security, also took part in the visit to the nine recruits.
A statement from the Government said: “The training on the use of force is meticulously designed to equip officers with crucial techniques for self-defence and personal safety while ensuring strict adherence to the legal frameworks and protocols outlined by the Department of Corrections.”
It added that Mr Weeks “emphasised the importance of this training, highlighting its pivotal role in empowering officers to effectively de-escalate any situation they may encounter while upholding safety standards”.
The minister said: “The use-of-force training, alongside the comprehensive 12-week programme, underscores our dedication to ensuring that our officers are equipped with the necessary skills to carry out their duties efficiently and responsibly.”
Practical experiences in real-world environments are combined with classroom instruction in the recruit training programme, which began on November 1.
Keeva Joell-Benjamin, the Commissioner of Corrections, said: “These training sessions not only educate recruits about the Department of Corrections’ mission and vision but also emphasise the paramount importance of public safety, reinforcing the core values of safety and security.
“Equipping our officers with specialised use-of-force training is paramount in ensuring their safety and fostering a secure environment within correctional facilities.
“This training is pivotal in preparing our recruits to manage various situations they may encounter during their duties effectively.
“Practical training has proved to be an effective way of reinforcing the concepts taught in the classroom.
“Experienced staff and government cohorts within the Ministry of National Security also conduct training sessions.”