18th August 2012, St. John’s Antigua- Security guards who mind the nation’s schools will be part of a training initiative, a release from the Ministry of National Security said.
The two one-week training sessions are to be facilitated by the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda in conjunction with the Antigua & Barbuda Defence Force. The first is set for Monday at Langfords Police Training School.
“Superintendent Clement Solomon said one of the reasons for the training was the difficulty that schools were facing with students having weapons on the school compound,” the release noted. “Some of the areas to be covered during the sessions include Profiling, Search Techniques, Leadership and Customer Service.”
Approximately 40 security guards are expected to participate in each session, thereby covering a majority of those who work within the school system. They will be drawn from two private security firms as well as the government security arm, the release noted.
“It is expected that with this training, the level of security at schools will be greatly improved, and there will be a decrease in the number of fights among students,” read the communiqué. “The aim is to provide a safe environment for learning at the school plants, and foster a sense of security among the students.”
Monday’s session will begin with a short opening ceremony.