The first Building Integrity UK course in the Caribbean was delivered in the Guyana Police Officers' Training Centre, in the capital Georgetown, Guyana.
The first Building Integrity UK course in the Caribbean was delivered in the Guyana Police Officers' Training Centre, in the capital Georgetown, Guyana and was attended by 27 senior delegates from Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force, Jamaica Defence Force, Dominican Republic Army, Belize Defence Force, Barbados Defence Force, St Kitts and Nevis Defence Force, Regional Security System, Royal St Lucia Police Force, Antigua & Barbuda Def Force, Saint Kitts and Nevis Def Force, Royal Grenada Police Force, Guyana Police Force, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Legal Affairs, Special Organized Crime Unit, Guyana Defence Force, Private Sector Commission, Guyana Prison Service, Guyana Revenue Authority and Guyana Audit Office.
The course was opened by the GDF Inspector General and the Deputy High Commissioner. It's focus was on corruption and its correlation to failed states. The broad objective was to empower the participants with the requisite knowledge to recognise avenues, processes and situations that could lead to the development of corrupt practices and impinge the integrity of public officials as well as the organisations in which they operate.
At the close of the course GDF Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Patrick West MSS* said to the delegates:
"I encourage all of you to be unafraid to do what is right; be unafraid to advise your superiors on how to do what is right. Be unafraid of suggesting changes in systems where necessary so that your institution can be one of integrity. Anything less means you have wasted time, energy and resources being here. Tackle issues head on; make meaningful observations and written submissions to guide cultural change. Do not be deterred by resistance. Be committed to the process of ensuring the correct thing is done every time."
Brigadier West also emphasised the importance of institutional integrity and noted that in the current environment:
"There appears to be an erosion of public trust in leadership. "The very fabric of democracy is threatened in any environment where corruption is rampant. For leaders like you, therefore, integrity should be one of the hallmarks that define your leadership style. Persons should know that you can be depended on to do the right thing consistently, and for the right reasons, irrespective of the situation."
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