On Monday, the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda welcomed its first 50 recruits since the start of the pandemic.
The training was launched with a brief ceremony at the academy located on Friars Hills Road. Police Commissioner Atlee Rodney mentioned that the recruits of course number 48 “have been called to begin their journey at the most difficult of times”.
“This is not a job. This is a calling that has been placed upon you. A calling to provide service, care and safety to the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda. Your presence here is a testament that you have accepted the call to be part of this noble organization,” he said. “Training will be difficult, days will be long, yet I encourage you to stay strong and persevere with every aspect of training and whenever your mind focuses on quitting, go back to the old days when you would watch movies like Rocky.”
He also advised them to be team players as there is “no room in the force or at the police academy for ego and selfish ambitions”.
The last such training course took place from June to December 2019.