16 new community officers to join LESA next June
Training for the new LESA recruits which lasted 9 weeks has been completed, with 16 trainees in attendance, 10 men and 6 women. The training session was divided between theoretical, which involved among others discipline, personal appearance, learning about those laws related to the duties of the officials and supervision in the community and practical training which involved among others physical training, basic self-defence, traffic management and training on the use of modern equipment. All the 16 recruits successfully completed the course. Next May, 11 more candidates will commence the training, whilst another call will also be issued.
Minister for Home Affairs and National Security Michael Farrugia, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici, and Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis presented the certificates to the 16 recruits.
Minister Farrugia said that teamwork between different entities is pivotal to maintain a safer country, and thus he accepted without hesitation when he was approached to hold the LESA training at the Academy for Disciplined Forces.
"I believe that the Disciplined Forces and other entities that frequently work together with such as the Customs Department, LESA, and Transport Malta have to continue working as a team to maintain a safer country. It is of my utmost pleasure that the criminality rate reported last year has decreased by 7%. All entities have to continue working in tandem in order to offer a better service to the Maltese population and to keep the country safe and secure", said Minister Michael Farrugia.
Minister Bonnici congratulated all community officers for their efforts and successes. "Today we are witnessing the certification of the first training course, an important aspect for the benefit of these newly certified officers. LESA's community officers form an essential part of our society, not only in relation to enforcement but also to provide a better service for the general public. Through this course, these officers were given the right tools to perform to their utmost. This is yet another part of this government's strategy to improve our citizens' standard of living, by being closer to our communities," stated Minister Bonnici.
Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Parnis said that the main aim of these changes is to lead for more serious enforcement but also for a more sense of sensibility. In fact, now local enforcement is no longer limited to traffic offence but is also thriving in other important areas such as education and the environment. Parliamentary Secretary Parnis concluded by congratulating these recruits who will be joining the rest of the present officials next June.
The agency's Chief Executive Officer Raymond Zammit said that this training - which was the first of its kind - was done by persons who are well trained in the field of enforcement, including court experts.