It has been reported in the Islands Sun newspaper today that most of the new recruits joining the RSIPF have undertaken some English grammar lessons with help from instructors at the Bible Ministries.
Inspector Clive Talo, the officer in charge of RSIPF Recruit Training and Probationary Constables Programme, said, quote.
One of the primary responsibilities of a police officer is to do formal investigations into criminal and civil cases and write formal statements or reports.
This responsibility, of course, requires a good knowledge and understanding of the English Language.
“This prompted me to consult my Advisor for approval to include English Grammar Course into the Police Academy training,” Inspector Talo said.
As the officer in charge of the recruit and training programme, I noticed that most of the new recruits did well in other training programmes except the English language, especially essay writing and dictation.
This prompted me to consult my Advisor for approval to include English Grammar Course into the Police Academy training,” Inspector Talo said.
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According to Francis Wickham, a male RSIPF student, the English Grammar Course is very helpful. “This Grammar Course has helped us to understand English well. More so, it helps to prepare us for our police duties especially in writing reports, statement taking and with other official work documents,” said Officer Wickham.
I commend Inspector Talo and the RSIPF on the introduction of English Grammar instruction, especially from the point of view as having spent many years as a volunteer English teacher overseas and as a former Commissioner of the police service in the Solomon Islands.
What Francis Wickham said about the value of the English language in the pursuance of police duties is very important.