Minister of Justice, Immigration and National Security Rayburn Blackmoore has announced that police will commence the training of 40 new recruits this month.
Speaking on state-owned DBS Radio’s “Talking Point” Programme on Thursday, he said the plan is to bring the police force up to a full strength of 500.
“One of the things that we have to do is to bring the police force up to its full strength of 500 and in that regard this month we shall be commencing initial training of 40 recruits and I want to give the public the assurance that every candidate went through a very stringent screening process because that’s important,” he said.
Furthermore, he stated that a prospective police officer is a product of society and must take a polygraph test.
“So you have to ensure that as time emerges and progresses that you develop a screening process that makes sense and every candidate had to go through a polygraph test and had to pass that,” he stated.
Blackmoore also pointed out that a police officer has the authority the ordinary citizen does not have.
“When you can restrain somebody’s liberty that in itself is very serious,” he stated. “So you have to ensure that the persons who that we train are on the right spirit. That is one of the reasons why as time progresses we have to review and retool and amend the screening process.”