FORTY-one police drivers yesterday received certificates of participation after completing a police driver's refresher workshop.
The officers, who are designated drivers in the force, invited special speakers during the three-day course to educate police officers in the eastern, northern and southern divisions on how to handle motor vehicles and how to be responsible drivers. In his address to participants at the closing of the workshop, Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Penjueli said: "We need positive and officers with good attitude.
"That is what we need from officers not only in the police force, but also in the other two main disciplined forces.
"What we are trying to get is to have two officers dedicated to one vehicle.
"Always remember, every time you are not responsible and cause damage to a vehicle, your fellow workmates will have to walk."
He reiterated to the officers that purchasing a new police vehicle cost a lot from their annual budget, money that could be spent on other things.
This, he added, happened when drivers did not take ownership of the vehicles they were assigned to drive.
"What we might see in the near future is one of our employment criteria for officers who are recruited into the office to have a valid driving licence."
Director traffic control unit Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh Mishra thanked the LTA for its support in providing the facility to the police.
"The aim of this workshop is to enhance the skills and knowledge of drivers to be more careful and to take responsibility over the vehicles they are driving," SSP Mishra said.