Training is the main root of development in the Guyana Police Force

first_imgDear Editor,Training is the main root of development in the Guyana Police Force. Other sectors, even though very important, are just the branches of the tree. Cut the main root and the tree dies. Recently, the media reported on a two-week anti-corruption training funded by the United Kingdom.The Police and other members of some investigative agencies participated. Information received is that apart from training to be conducted by the Felix Austin Police College, The Richard Fikal Police College and the Felix Austin Police College ‘B’ Division, numerous other training programmes would be done by overseas facilitators. It is imperative that the Police be adequately trained to efficiently and effectively execute their mandate as set out under Section 3 (2) of the Police Act, Chapter 16:01. What society expects from their protectors are: to cater for ‘first oil’; securing our western border, and being able to handle emerging security issues and concerns.However, the Police paradigm has shifted towards their being more community-oriented. They are now required to not only solve crimes, but problems in the various communities they serve. Hence the community-oriented policing and problem solving (COPPS) approach.His Excellency President Brig. David A. Granger, in his address to the Annual Police Officers’ Conference 2017, put the role of the Police succinctly, “But we must go beyond and find the causes of crime. Why is there piracy? Why is there suicide? Why is there murder? Why is there rape? Why is there trafficking in my division? What are the causes? So stop boasting about how many cases you made, find out how many cause you are able to discover, and let us stamp out the causes, then you stamp out the crime. If you do not know the cause of crimes, then the crime will continue to repeat over and over again…..“So that is what we have to embark on, a new programme of building partnerships. We have to work with community. We have to know what people in the community need and think, so that they can become partners and not our opponents. The Police Force has to be friends with the people, so you must be friend with the people, and build a partnership between the Police and the communities, and this will help you to get information and to build intelligence network.”To be effective the Police must develop excellent people skills, and display good interpersonal relations with the various stakeholders. They are required to interact with their peers, superiors, and subordinates; members of the public; their friends and family. Hence the need for them to develop effective people skills.Technical competence — the knowledge of law, Police practice and procedure is critical for the Police to be effective, but that is not enough. According to Bennett and Hess (2002), “Technical competence used to be most important.Now and the years ahead, people skills are most important.” Woodward and Buchholz (1987) explain, “One way to visualize this tactical, people-oriented approach is with a bicycle. The two wheels of a bicycle have different purposes. The back wheel powers the bike, the front wheel steers it. Extending this analogy to an organisation, ‘back-wheel skills’ are technical and organizational skills needed for the organization to function. ‘Front-wheel skills’ are interpersonal, ‘people management’ skills. Corporations tend to rely on their back-wheel; that is, their technical skills.Typically, however, when change comes, the response of the organization is primarily back-wheel response: do what we know best. But the real need is for front-wheel skills. That is helping people understand and adapt to the changing environment.”Strategic Management is about change. Reform is about change. Change is inevitable. No person or organisation can stop it. View it as opportunity. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. Managers must pay attention to change in their environment, and adapt or perish.The boiled frog phenomenon is very instructive. A classic experiment was done. A frog was dropped in a pan of boiling water, and immediately jumped out, saving its life. Next a frog was placed in a pan of room-temperature water that was gradually heated to boiling point. Because the temperature rise was so gradual, the frog did not notice it, and sat contently in the bottom of the pan. The gradual rising temperature initially made the frog comfortable, but eventually sapped its energy. As the water became too hot, the frog has no strength to jump out. It boiled to death.The boiled frog phenomenon suggests that leaders must pay attention to change in their environment, and adapt or perish. I do not know what the Strategic Management Unit of the Guyana Police Force and the Reform Process have in place to deal with change. The former has been quietly doing some excellent work, but not sharing it with the stakeholders, while the latter went into labour recently.We expect an excellent delivery. Their plans appear to be top secret. I may be jumping the gun, but I have been on the starting block for some time now, and am a bit nervous. Many reform projects fail because a heavy emphasis is placed on the agents of change, while the victims of change are neglected.Organisational change takes centre stage while little or no attention is paid to personal change. I hope that the movers and shakers of the GPF would ensure that those who would be affected by the imminent change would be given the necessary coping skills to grapple with the situation. Inculcating people skills in the minds of the Police is a sine qua non.Yours faithfully,Clinton ConwayAssistantCommissioner of Police(Retd)last_img read more

U-16 LADIES FINAL MATCH REPORT: MOVILLE 5-09, FANAD 5-07

first_imgCounty Champs: MovilleMoville reclaim u-15 county title after 3 year absence.Moville u-16s ladies reclaimed the county title in a thrilling game vs Fanad Gaels on Tuesday in Convoy.Moville started the brighter and raced into an early 2 point lead before Fanad goaled with virtually there first attack, closely followed by a point. However, the Moville girls soon settled down after this early setback and began to play the fast running game that had carried them to this final. They cut open the Fanad defence on 3 occasions to raise the green flag with goals from Sarah Jane Mc Donald, Roma Mc Laughlin. They picked off 4 additional points but Fanad kept the scoreboard ticking at the other end and Moville held a narrow lead at half time of 3-06 to 3-03. If the first half was exciting then the second half had everything that is good about ladies football. Fanad started brightly and soon levelled the game and then went ahead. Moville responded before Fanad had a 10 period of dominance in which they moved into a 2 point lead. With about 8 minutes to go, Fanad were awarded a penalty which was brilliantly saved by Amy Canning. This seemed to spur the Moville girls on they pressurised the Fanad defence time after time. SJ Mc Donald goaled from a free on the 13m line and this was quickly followed by a couple of points to leave Moville 2 points ahead. Fanad reduced the deficit to the minimum but from the resulting kick out, Roma Mc Laughlin picked the ball on her own 45 and drive forward waltzing past 3 defenders before calmly slotting the ball over the bar form 30 m for the final score of the game to leave the final score 5-09 to 5-07.Niamh Cavanagh accepted the cup from Donegal Ladies President , Kenny Griffen. She thanked the girls for their hard work and committment everyone who had contributed to the team winning the title and especially to manager, Paul Mc Dermott and his backroom team of William Mc Elhinney, Elaine Cavanagh, Sonia Mc Laughlin and Margaret Mc Donald. This is the 7th county tile at this age group in 9 years for Moville, and many of these girls are still u-16 next year.Referee watch- well and fairly refereed. The man in the middle got all the big decision right and talked to the players throughoutTurning point- goals win games they say.. Fanad were leading entering the final 10 minutes when they were awarded a penalty. If they had scored, it may have been a bridge to far for Moville at that point- they didn’t thanks to Amy Canning and Moville responded in kind Player of the match- Niamh Cavanagh ruled the square, Rachael Mc Laughlin and Michelle Logue were superb at wing back, Nicole Mc Dermott and SJ Mc Donald covered every blade of grass at midfield and Roma Mc Laughlin tormented the Fanad defence with her speed. However this was truly an ALL ROUND TEAM performance. Moville won all games before the final and no team had really questioned them. Fanad did last night but Moville proved to be worthy county champions for 2013.  U-16 LADIES FINAL MATCH REPORT: MOVILLE 5-09, FANAD 5-07 was last modified: May 29th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FANAD 5-07U-16 LADIES FINAL MATCH REPORT: MOVILLE 5-09last_img read more

Jamie Foxxs daughter named Miss Golden Globe 2016

first_imgOscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx’s daughter Corinne is Miss Golden Globe 2016, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has announced.Miss or Mister Golden Globe is chosen to assist at the awards ceremony and is traditionally the son or daughter of an established Hollywood star. The 21-year-old USC senior and model follows in the footsteps of the likes of Greer Grammer, Kelsey Grammer’s daughter, Sosie Bacon, daughter of Kevin Bacon, and Rumer Willis, Bruce Willis’ daughter. Corrine considers the title an “honour”, said The Hollywood Reporter. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“Throughout the years I’ve grown up watching my dad establish himself as a well-respected actor. I’m honoured that HFPA has given me the opportunity to now share the same stage where he’s been recognised for some of his greatest accomplishments,” she said. Lorenzo Soria, president of the HFPA, said, “Like her father, she leads a fine example of following her dreams and we can’t wait to see what she does next.” The 73rd annual Golden Globes will air on January 10 and will be hosted by Ricky Gervais.last_img read more