The training being provided at the Police Academy, St James, for supplemental police will provide critical assistance to police officers, Commissioner of Police (CoP) Dr Dwayne Gibbs has said.
Gibbs made the statement on Wednesday evening while speaking at the graduation ceremony for Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) estate police recruits who were trained, over a three-month period, at the Academy.
"This training has ensured directness to provide critical assistance to police officers in Trinidad and Tobago," Gibbs said.
Gibbs, who spoke briefly, said the 29 graduates, joined 485 other graduates from agencies that included the Port Authority, litter wardens and traffic wardens.
"Over the next few months the Academy will also train Coast Guards as naval police, Air Guards as regimental police, Port Authority officers and a host of other supplemental police.
"As a key component of the 21st Century Policing Initiative with regards to the creation of effectiveness and efficiencies through continuous training," Gibbs said.
He told graduates they must exceed customer expectations in the delivery of their duties and reminded those in attendance that crime reduction involved the participation of every citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.
Provost of the Police Academy Steve Watt who spoke on the performance of the graduating batch, over the three month programme, said they all graduated with top scores — between 71 per cent and 95 per cent.
"Twenty three per cent of the graduates scored above 90 per cent on average. The average mark overall was 85 per cent and it is exceptional in the group that every single one of them exceeded 71 per cent."
Watt who said T&TEC's partnership with the Academy is part of a growing mandate of the Academy told the graduates that they must focus on good customer service.
"And if you do that, your job will become much easier because people will work with you," he said.