The Guyana Police Force’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) throughout the 12 Regional Police Divisions is soon expected to be strengthened as 66 ranks, on Friday, successfully completed the CID Induction Course.
A small graduation ceremony was held at the Officers’ Training Centre, Camp Road, where the participants were presented with certificates.
Present at the ceremony were Crime Chief, Senior Superintendent Wendell Blanhum; Officer-in-Charge of the Narcotics Branch, Superintendent Karl Wilson; Force Training Officer, Superintendent Keithon King, and Officer-in-Charge of the Major Crimes Unit, Assistant Superintendent Mitchell Ceasar.
The course started on February 14, 2022, and lasted for a period of seven weeks during which the participants were exposed to 52 core topics critical to conducting criminal investigations, which were conducted by members of the Force as well as external personnel.
Some of the topics and areas that the participants were trained in are: Homicide Investigations, Integrity and Ethics in Law Enforcement, Drug identification/Investigation, Money Laundering Investigation, Cyber Crimes Investigation, Sexual Offences, Robberies, Missing Persons Investigation, Profiling of Prisoners, and Handwriting Examination.
Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum, who addressed the ‘new detectives’, congratulated the participants while reminding them that “an effective Police Force is one that prevents and detects crimes in an efficient manner.”
He added too that as CID ranks they have to work as a team to be successful. Blanhum also reminded the ranks of their responsibility as detectives saying, “Your duty of crime prevention and detection also extends to criminal investigation, prosecution and also the preservation of life and property”.
The course consisted mainly of police ranks, accounting for 59 participants, while there were 5 ranks from the Guyana Defence Force and 2 from the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit.
Constable Travis Hercules of Regional Police Division #7 was adjudged the best graduating student while Woman Constable Akezia August of Division #4C (East Coast Demerara) and Kimberly Gomez from the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit copped second and third places respectively and were rewarded with plaques for their extra effort and outstanding performances.
The ranks who participated in the course were drawn from the various Divisions and departments and are expected to return to their respective stations where they will be able to dispense their knowledge gained in the various areas, not only to solve but to prevent and detect crimes also. [Guyana Police Force]