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First cohort of sergeants complete leadership training

Twelve officers successfully completed two weeks of training in leadership and management specifically geared to support the work of sergeants with the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Twelve officers successfully completed two weeks of training in leadership and management specifically geared to support the work of sergeants with the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force.

A second set began classes this week as the final cohort of sergeants.

At Friday’s closing ceremony, Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews said that the Force was seeking to provide the skill sets necessary for the rank to operate effectively.

“I see sergeants as the most important rank of the Police Force. Yet, some of you have been promoted and asked to do a job without a job description or the prerequisite skills. One of my training priorities since coming to the Force has been to provide the leadership and management skills necessary for you to feel valued and respected in your rank and to fulfill your role with confidence,” he said.

Sergeants of this first cohort testified a far greater understanding of their roles as supervisors, the importance of teamwork, the need for change in Force’s culture and the benefits of quality leadership in enhancing the organisation.

In the course, the instructor Darby Allen, former U.K. Police officer and certified trainer, covered many subjects including interview skills for supervisors, communication skills, transaction and transformation management skills and conflict resolution.

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