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New police recruits begin training

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More than seventy new recruits have started an intense period of training as a first
step towards becoming full-fledged members of the Royal Police Force of Antigua
and Barbuda.
In a statement, the public relations department said the young men and women will
spend the next six months, undergoing basic police training in several subjects,
including criminal law, customer service, military drills, physical and mental
fitness, and other key areas.

On Monday, a brief ceremony was held to mark the commencement of training at
the Sir Wright F. George Police Academy Open Campus at the former Navy Base.
Several senior executive members of the police force, including the Commissioner
of Police, Atlee Rodney were present and gave brief remarks.
Commissioner Rodney thanked the young men and women for answering the call
to serve their country at the highest level. He admonished them to maintain a high
level of discipline, and take this calling seriously, and always give their best efforts
in every undertaking. The commissioner wished the training staff success, as they
embarked upon this journey.
Deputy Commissioner Everton Jeffers, who is the supervisor of training and
administrative matters within the police force, also offered encouraging words to
the young officers. He encouraged them to develop the determination to be
successful in their endeavors.
This new batch of recruits consists of 59 males and 13 females, which will be
attached to both regular police and fire departments.
Superintendent Louisa Benjamin-Quashie will be leading the charge as
Commandant of the Academy. She will be supported by a team of highly trained
and qualified instructors.
Commissioner Rodney, in his closing remarks officially declared the training
course open.

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