- 24 November, 2016: A portion of land to an extent of 23 acres has already been identified at Cote D’Or and procedures for its acquisition have already been initiated in relation to the Police Academy Project. The project will be carried out in a phased manner over a period of four years and an amount of Rs 3 million has been provided in the 2016/2017 budget for consultancy services for the design of the project.
This reply was given by the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, in the National Assembly on 22 November 2016, to a question pertaining to training of Police Service Officers and their continuous professional development.
The Prime Minister explained that on joining the Police Force, new recruits undergo a foundation course of two years’ duration during which they are exposed to Police duties, law and procedures, map reading, navigation, public order policing and weapon handling, amongst others. The programme also includes intensive physical training.
Furthermore, he added that at the end of the foundation course, they have to complete two top-up modules of 120 hours at the University of Mauritius, leading to the award of a ‘Certificate in Police Duties’. The new recruits benefit from a total amount of 5,330 hours of training, in all, underlined the Prime Minister.
Once these Officers are posted to different units, they undergo on-the-job training, he further added. They also benefit from refresher courses workshops and seminars by the Police Training School with a view to keeping abreast of new legislations, procedures and other administrative and operational matters.
Moreover, the Prime Minister pointed out that many Police Officers regularly attend overseas courses, workshops/seminars and symposiums organised by friendly countries and international organisations. He stressed on the fact that participation in overseas training contributes to the self-development of the officers and enhances capacity building. In turn, these officers share their knowledge and experience with their counterparts, the Prime Minister added.