Specialised Training for Beach Safety and Security Unit
The Beach Safety and Security Unit within the Ministry of Tourism is providing specialised training for its officers with the anticipated uptake in the number of tourists visiting the country.
In a media release the ministry said twelve officers from the BS&S Unit are currently undergoing the six-week specialized training being held at the Sir Wright George Police Academy at Langfords.
“The training programme’s main objective is to equip the BSSU with key skills that would propel and enhance the Ministry of Tourism & Investment’s goal of improved beach security in the Nation of Antigua and Barbuda,” the release stated.
Permanent Secretary, Walter Christopher said the programme is one element of the Ministry’s preparation for the revival of the tourism industry post COVID-19.
“Our intention is to restructure and strengthen our Beach Safety and Security Unit and we expect that after the programme is completed our beach officers will function effectively and efficiently in the new and improved unit,” PS Christopher said.
The course was designed to assist members of the BSSU with the developing of their communication and technical skills in the execution their duties, in an ethical manner and will be able to make a positive impact beyond their work on the beach and into the wider community.
PS Christopher said preparations for the training began last October and the officers selected to participate showed much enthusiasm about the special opportunity.
The Training Program is a collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism & Investment and the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.