ST JOHN’S, Antigua – A two-week Law Enforcement and Prosecution training workshop, “Building Effective Law Enforcement Officers & Prosecutors” opened on Monday facilitated by the Immigration Department of the Ministry of National Security & Labour.
In his feature address to the participants, Dr Errol Cort, Minister of National Security, noted that sessions of this nature were important as a part of the critical aspect of continuous training in the Immigration and other departments.
Minister Cort noted that the workshop will equip participants with the skills to carry out their duties, specifically in the area of prosecuting.
He also encouraged the participants to ensure that they develop their interpersonal skills, as they are members of the service industry.
Dr Cort impressed upon them the need to focus on the area of integrity, to resist the temptation that would commonly come their way.
ASP Wendell Robinson, key facilitator for the workshop, said that policing was not only for police officers and was happy to see that each law enforcement body could come together to work towards the common goal of enforcing the laws of the country.
The participants were drawn from not only the Immigration and Labour Departments, but the Police, ONDCP, Social Security and the defence force.
Robinson said that the course will be challenging and will see presentations by the director of public prosecutions, magistrates, defense attorneys as well as other experts in the field.
Areas such as powers of arrest, the role of the prosecutor, the role of the defense attorney, human relations, issues of corruption, as well as ethics will be covered in the two weeks.
ASP Robinson took the time during the opening ceremony to recognise and award two immigration officers, Gregson Gardner and Tameca Camacho, with certificates of completion in Caribbean Legal System and General Principles of Basic Law.
The workshop comes to an end with an award ceremony on Friday, October 21.