Senior police officers receive regional training

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Two Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda senior officers successfully completed training in the areas of Executive Policy and Development Symposium and Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation.
Senior Sergeant Dane Bontiff, second in command at the Police Prosecutions Department and Assistant Superintendent of Police Jefferey Morgan, of the Criminal Investigation Department, attended the three-and-a-half week training session at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in New Mexico.
Bontiff told OBSERVER media yesterday that the course exposed participants on how to be effective leaders in time of crises, in terms of coordination and collaboration.
“For me personally, I learned how to deal with juniors and seniors; how to resolve conflict and how to get persons to buy into a vision to accomplish a particular goal,” Bontiff said. “We dealt with the difference between management and leadership.”
In the area of human trafficking and child exploitation, the senior sergeant said the law that deals specifically with these offences in Antigua and Barbuda were examined and suggestions were made on how the laws can be strengthened.
“We dealt with how to make policies in terms of moving that phenomenon forward, what are the strengths of the laws in the region and how to overcome some of the weaknesses, and how we can put forward an improved model to the persons in charge of legislating those changes to eradicate that offence,” he said.
A cadre of law enforcement agents from Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana,
Jamaica, St. Vincent and
the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago attended the training that concluded on March 21.
At the close, participants were presented with two certificates: one for Executive Policy and Development Symposium and another for the Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation course.
The sessions were sponsored by the United States Department of State, the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
The ILEA trains senior leaders of varying ranks from the region to include judges, senior police officers, senior immigration official and senior Office of Director of Public Prosecution personnel.

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