The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) will this Tuesday August 27, 2013 begin a two week long human rights sensitisation exercise. The initiative extends to include officers from the OECS and Barbados under the Regional Security Systems (RSS).
This is part of on-going efforts by the RSLPF to incorporate human rights as an integral part of regular training and will focus on human rights in general with emphasis on marginalised groups. The format of each session will be tailored to reflect local context and participants’ level of knowledge of human rights.
The exercise begins with a half-day session for senior/gazetted officers including the Commissioner of Police on Tuesday, August 27. It continues with sessions for inspectors, officers drawn from key departments (VPT, CID, central, task force, SSU, etc) and officers from outlying police stations. One hundred and fifteen (115) local police are expected to be part of the exercise.
Further, seven training officers from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Antigua and the RSS will receive grounding in human rights and law enforcement. With the cooperation of the RSS, a presentation will also be made to twenty one (21) officers currently in Saint Lucia for an RSS supervisory management course.
The exercise has been almost two years in the planning and is staged in collaboration with United and Strong Inc. and with support from the British High Commission (BHC), AIDS Free World, the CariFLAGS Eastern Caribbean Hub and the Caribbean HIV AIDS Alliance (CHAA).