Batch 1 of 2021, SQUAD A-C of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, entering the Gymnasium for their graduation ceremony, in November 2021. (Image courtesy TTPS)

Forty-five newly minted police officers were yesterday challenged to “be the change you want to see”, as they successfully completed their six months’ training.

The graduating class of Batch 1 of 2021 was congratulated for an excellent job throughout their training by the Executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) at a ceremony held at the Police Academy, St James, on November 13th.

An official release from the Police Service notes the graduation ceremony was divided into two ceremonies, to ensure adherence to the Public Health Regulations.

The TTPS release said the theme for this year’s graduation, “Be the change you want to see”, saw most speakers focusing on the value of service to citizens.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mc Donald Jacob, who gave the feature address, saluted the graduates and underscored their role in adding to the success of TTPS. DCP Jacob reminded the young officers that functions are centred on service and support.

He said that with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, adaptability was key in their training and as such, should be pivotal in their arsenal moving into service.

DCP Jacob commented on the blended training approach used for this batch of graduates, such as online lecture classes. He encouraged the graduates “to set the example, weather the storms and to take the spirit of adaptability and resilience with them as they stand steadfast in their purpose to protect and serve with P.R.I.D.E.” 

The ceremony ended with a toast to the success of the recruits and the training team in treading this new path of blended learning and emerging successfully.

The second group of Police Service recruits is expected to graduate in December.

Also in attendance at Saturday’s graduation ceremony were DCPs Erla Christopher, Joanne Archie, along with Provost, Dr Simon Alexis, and Superintendent of the Police Academy, Curtis Simmons.