Cambridge experts train cops in ‘evidence policing’
By NALINEE SEELAL Tuesday, August 13 2013
Five lecturers from the Cambridge University in London, trained in the scientific ways of dealing with crime, are in the country to train officers of the TT Police Service in evidence-based policing.
Yesterday, the lecturers carried out the training programme at the Hyatt in Port-of-Spain which was attended by all heads of division of the Police Service. Last week, over 200 sergeants and assistant superintendents were also exposed to training.
According to one of the officers who attended the programme, the scientific method centres around the use of the best available research and the outcome of police work to implement guidelines; evaluate agencies and units and police officers generally.
Officers are also expected to be trained in what causes crime in hotspot areas, and how well such areas were identified using research in every police procedure to evaluate current practices and to guide officers and police executives in future decision making.
It was said that approximately 200 officers were currently involved in training.
The decision by the Police Service to approach fighting crime on a different level resulted in the special programme.
Yesterday Deputy Police Commissioner (DCP) Mervyn Richardson said the Police Service will soon see a more vibrant approach to dealing with crime, which will focus heavily on evidence-based policing using scientific methods.
However, Richardson noted that the police by themselves cannot get the job done, and he again issued a call to the public to partner with the Police Service as they embark on this new thrust.
Richardson added that apart from the training, visibility has been increased in all divisions, and the public can now expect to see more officers on every street corner and along the highways.
He also revealed surveillance has also been increased as officers attempt to infiltrate certain areas where illegal arms, ammunition and drugs are smuggled into the country. According to the DCP, since last week all divisions embarked on road block exercises and searches, and he noted that on Sunday, ten persons were held for driving under the influence of alcohol while another 100 tickets were issued against motorists who were in breach of traffic regulations.
He also noted that no homicides were recorded on Sunday night, and he added that it will take some time for the country to reap the required results, but is confident that crime will be curbed.