Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 04, 2018 (RSCNPF): Some thirty (30) Police Officers from both St. Kitts and Nevis are better prepared to respond to emergencies and save lives after participating in a one-day First Responders Training Workshop held recently. The session covered the basics of first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using an automated external defibrillator (AED). The officers came from several police units, however, most were drawn from the Special Services Unit and the Drug Unit.
The session took place at the Police Training Complex and was facilitated by Edgar Aboud who is a Director with the Amalgamated Security Service Limited (ASSL). Mr. Aboud described ASSL as one of the largest security companies in the Caribbean. The company is a sponsor and partner of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police. According to Mr. Aboud, about two years ago, the company chairman gave a directive for training to be offered to police officers in the Caribbean region as a way of giving back to its partners and their officers.
As a result, ASSL created a program called the ‘Amalgamated Security Saving Lives Program’ where it offers Caribbean islands free training in life-saving techniques. Different levels of training have been developed and a number of police services in several islands have already contacted the company to have sessions conducted for their officers, including the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force.
“In a nutshell the different levels of training and the types of training that we want to offer [are] first aid, defensive driving, coaching vehicle operators – [that is] driving techniques for officers whether it be police, whether it be ambulance, whether it be fire. We’ve also offered for them…a tactical level training that could go from three to four days where we take your officers and we sharpen their skills,” Mr. Aboud explained.
“So we do this level of training as well and, again the main function of this offering from the Amalgamated Security Services Limited is that we want to give back and one of our ways of giving back to our officers is this level of training that we do so, that when the officers go on the beat we want them to return safely,” he added.
All the Police Officers received a Certificate of Participation and those who pass will get internationally-recognised certification.