Newly minted Mounted and Canine Officers have been urged to play a greater role in community outreach initiatives which will help steer young people away from a life of crime.
Fourteen officers were awarded for their successful completion of the Mounted Horsemanship/Stable Management and Canine Hander’s Course 2020, at a graduation ceremony held at the Mounted and Canine Branch, St. Joseph, today, Friday 8th January, 2021.
Head, Executive Management Services, Commander Sheldon Edghill, who delivered the feature address, told the graduates that the Mounted and Canine Branch represented a softer side of policing, which is an important element in the operations of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS). He said their focus on crime prevention and community engagement can bring about positive social change every time they go out on patrol.
Nine graduates were trained in Stable Management, Troop Drills, Escorts and Patrols, while five were trained in Kennel Management, Canine First Aid, Canine Theory and Scent and Senses.
Supt. Geoffrey Hospedales, who is attached to the Branch, was also specially recognised and thanked for his invaluable contribution and leadership over the past year.
Also in attendance were ASP Ghool, Insp. Mohammed and Sgt Donowa along with the Branch’s Mounted Instructors and Canine Handlers.