23 complete training course at Prisons Headquarters
Guyana Chronicle
July 12, 2004

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THE Guyana Prison Service on Friday presented certificates to 23 Prison Officers, who successfully completed an eight-week training course at Prisons Headquarters, Brickdam.

Three participants, who topped the course, were: Philip Stephenson (First place); Dwayne Noble (second place), and Woman Prison Officer, Shinelle Johnson (third place). The three were praised for their excellent learning abilities.

Among the objectives of the training course were the correct attitude and techniques to be employed by Prison Officers when managing inmates; to promote a spirit of camaraderie among Officers; and to facilitate the acquisition of necessary knowledge, skill and attitude for effective execution of duty.

The Officers, who were drawn from Prisons countrywide, completed their course work to the satisfaction of their trainers and superior Officers.

In his address to the course participants, Superintendent of Prisons Clement Duncan stated that training plays a very vital role in the smooth operation of any organisation. He urged participants to continue to reach for higher goals and to pursue studies at university level.

"No one is too old to learn," the Superintendent pointed out as he implored officers to strive always for excellence.

He admonished the Prison Officers to portray positive attitudes and to be shining examples to others.

The theme of the training course was, "Through education we are certain of creating a positive generation."
The top students disclosed Friday that they had found the training course very beneficial, and that they were looking forward to putting into practice most of the techniques they have acquired.
They also expressed warm thanks to their trainers and resource personnel for their inputs in the learning sessions.