Closing ceremony of VBSS Instructor course and VBSS Basic course has been held

Updated: 24-02-2022, 14:00

Closing ceremony of Visit Board, Search and Seizure Instructor Course and Visit Board, Search and Seizure Basic Course has been held.

Guest of honor at the closing ceremony held at the auditorium of Ban’daara Koshi was Commandant of MNDF Coast Guard, Colonel Ibrahim Hilmy. Instructor of UNODC, Paul Robert relayed the remarks of both courses and handed letters to the participants at ceremony. Both courses were held in relation of Global Maritime Crime Program of United Nations Office on Drug and Crime.

Visit Board, Search and Seizure Instructor Course and Basic Course organized by MNDF Coast Guard and UNODC was held with purpose of providing practical experience of working together as a team by the law enforcement forces active at sea. Of the two courses, Visit Board, Search and Seizure Instructor Course Initiated first, which was followed by Visit Board, Search and Seizure Basic Course a week later. VBSS Basic course had a duration of 2 weeks. Personnel of Maldives National Defence Force, Maldives Police Service, and Customs Service took part in the VBSS course.

VBSS Instructor Course can only be partaken by those who have already completed VBSS Basic Course. VBSS Instructor Course was completed by 4 the latter was completed by a total of 14. These include 4 from Maldives Police Service, 2 from Customs Service, and 8 from MNDF.

Theory classes and a few practical classes of both courses were held at Fire and Rescue Training School and Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) in Villimale’. Remaining practical classes were held at Coast Guard ship area in Hulhumale’ as well as near K.Thilafushi.

Topics covered at the course include duties of law enforcement agencies, international laws at sea, self defence techniques, arresting techniques, and communication skills. Participants of VBSS Instructor course were taught instructional techniques.

Attendees at the closing ceremony included seniors of MNDF Coast Guard, Marine Police Head of Maldives Police Service, Chief Superintendent of Police Ibrahim Adnan Anees, Deputy Commissioner of Maldives Customs Service Mohamed Maaniu, and Head of Program Officer of UNODC Paul Robert.