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Security officersget extra training

Former Tourism Liaison Officer (RBPF), Jeffrey Howell, conducting the first in a series of BHTA security training workshops.

Former Tourism Liaison Officer (RBPF), Jeffrey Howell, conducting the first in a series of BHTA security training workshops.

Just over 100 security officers employed by members of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association have received some vital training thanks to the association.

President, Patricia Affonso-Dass, explained that the workshops, conducted recently by former Tourism Liaison Officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force, Jeffrey Howell, were geared towards retraining and improving the skills of security personnel within the industry.

“Safety and security are very important elements of our tourism product and we need to ensure that our security personnel are well trained and equipped to deal with any criminal activity that may affect visitors and locals who vacation at our properties, dine at our restaurants or visit our attractions,” Affonso-Dass explained.

She added that BHTA members were presently faced with increased reports of harassment, crimes against visitors, illegal vending and drug pushing, among other criminal activity, in high traffic tourism areas, and to this end the association revitalised its Safety and Security Committee to help deal with these issues.

“The workshops were the initiative of the committee, which is chaired by Philip Brathwaite, and they covered a variety of topics including Mental Awareness, Routine Daily Duties, Special Types of Security, Emergency Situations and Legal Aspects of Security and include topics such as Security Awareness, Patrolling, Crime and Theft Prevention, Crisis Intervention, Apprehension and Detention, Ethics, Professionalism, Communications, and Basic First Aid,” the president explained.

She noted that in addition to the workshops, the association had also been working closely with the RBPF and its new Tourism Liaison Officer, Inspector Mervin Jordan, in efforts to reduce crime, which would not only benefit the industry, but the country as a whole.

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