Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein advocated the efficacy of team-building as a tool to strengthen the municipal police on Wednesday.
Hosein promoted the importance of team work at the start of a two-day municipal police team-building seminar at at the Old Marabella South Secondary School.
A release said the seminar was geared towards strengthening synergies throughout the force. It also focused on creating proposals for short-, medium- and long-term measures for an action plan to be implemented throughout the municipal police.
Hosein encouraged the seminar’s attendees to work together in the best interest of citizens.
“We can only move forward as one service if we work together and respect each other’s views and opinions. What is being done here is a commendable step as we continue to chart the way forward and I am very honoured to be a part of it,” he said.
Permanent Secretary Desdra Bascombe, Assistant Commissioner of Municipal Police Surrendra Sagramsingh, Snr Supts Cecil Santana and Curtis Belford and the 14 commanders of the Municipal Police Service attended the seminar.
The minister commended their efforts to ensure that the municipal police had a forum for “pertinent discussions.” He also pledged his support, saying, “I want you to know that you have my full support and that of the ministry as we seek to elevate the TT Municipal Service.”
Bascombe said the training seminar was critical and will be used to better formulate an initial 90-day action plan Hosein had requested. She said the plan was due in two weeks.
Sagramsingh encouraged those present to contribute to the document, saying, “It is an ideal opportunity for us to put our minds together in order to efficiently draft a document that will take the Municipal Police Service forward. I encourage you all to contribute fully – the insight that you can provide based on your collective experience will make a difference.”
The seminar was facilitated by Belford, who is also responsible for strategic training and development at the Municipal Police Academy in Marabella.