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Falklands : Falklands: PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER 2013
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 28.09.2013 (Article Archived on 26.10.2013)

A public meeting was held in the Court and Assembly Chamber of the Town Hall at 1700hrs on Monday, 23 September 2013. Present were MLAs Sawle, Halford (Chair), Edwards and Elsby. As this is the last meeting of this Assembly, there will be no public meetings until a new Assembly is elected.

PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER 2013

 

By J. Brock (FINN)

 

A public meeting was held in the Court and Assembly Chamber of the Town Hall at 1700hrs on Monday, 23 September 2013.  Present were MLAs Sawle, Halford (Chair), Edwards and Elsby.  As this is the last meeting of this Assembly, there will be no public meetings until a new Assembly is elected.

 

The session began with a written question by Gerald Cheek about the cost of sending Trainers to the Falklands to teach Royal Falkland Islands Police to use restraining spray as well as more conventional training.

 

What was the total cost including flights and accommodation etc., for the trainers and of the immobilisation spray that was introduced for the Royal Falkland Islands Police?

 

The answer was provided by the Director of Emergency Services: Officers with the Royal Falkland Islands Police carry handcuffs and batons.  When an Officer joins the police they must be trained in Officer Safety which is basically self-defence tactics, the use of handcuffs and the use of batons.  Once trained, they should receive annual refresher training to ensure they keep their skills updated. The RFIP currently have no Officer who is able to deliver this specialist training and therefore the Devon and Cornwall Police were approached to send trainers to train new recruits and a refresher course to regular and reservists Officers who have not received refresher training for some considerable time.  As trainers attending are also skilled to deliver capital incapacitent spray, training the RFIP is an opportunity to seize this opportunity to receive this training at no additional cost.  Therefore the cost of delivering the capital incapacitent spray in itself cost nothing but the cost of delivering Officer Safety the use of handcuffs and the use of batons to new recruits and refreshing existing regular and reserve Officers was 11,894.00.

 

 

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