Minister of Justice and Immigration, Rayburn Blackmoore, has revealed that moves are being made to standardize police forces throughout the region; a move that will allow law enforcement officials to serve abroad.
“There’s now concerted effort to ensure the police force throughout the region becomes a professional body and standardized throughout various member states,” he said, at a press conference, on Friday.
Blackmoore noted, however, that in order for the measure to be effective, each police force must meet a certain standard.
“I believe we have to get to a point where senior police officers have to be able to serve in other countries. That is important,” he articulated. “But, in order to do so, every police force has to be up to a particular standard.”
He spoke of discussions with the Attorney General and Permanent Secretary concerning the altering of the Police Act to allow the exchange of human resources between Police Forces within the region.
The Minister explained that the initiative is especially important to prevent law enforcement officers from becoming complacent.
“In some cases, some of us get too comfortable with the environment in which we operate; and, consequently, we’re not as effective and efficient as we ought to be, insofar as the performing of our tasks, and functions, and obligations are concerned,” he said.
Additionally, Blackmoore divulged that officials are in discussion as to whether or not police officers should be subjected to an annual fitness test.