Social Activist Calls For Firing Of Police Academy Trainers Amidst ‘Hazing’ Videos


Well-known social activist, Dr. Cleon Athill, is calling for the firing of trainers and revamping of Academy following several videos that were posted on social media revealing what police recruits were being subjected to hazing.

Hazing, a form of initiation, refers to willful acts, with or without the consent of the individual involved, intended to ridicule or humiliate and which occasionally result in physical injury.

Four video clips making the rounds via social media on Thursday have evoked disgust, shock and condemnation of the Police Force.

In the 30-second clips, recruits, reportedly from the last batch to pass out from the Police Academy, are seen and heard taking abuse including coarse profanity from officers.

In one video, a recruit is pictured stuffing his mouth with clothespins at the command of a senior, who is demanding the young man answer his questions, while another voice makes crude sexual innuendo.

As he struggles to make room for more, a voice can be heard in the background taunting him and urging him on.

While some members of the public wondered whether the incidents had been staged, a Police source confirms that this is the kind of treatment routinely meted out to all recruits. Reportedly, the source says the young people do not speak out because they are afraid of reprisals.

“I’m alarmed, disgusted and saddened by a set of videos showing despicable acts meted out to officers in training at the Police Academy,” says Dr. Athill.

“These acts were committed by senior officers to recruits … young people who came forward to serve their country in this way. They came to this place to prepare to serve; instead they were abused, humiliated, and demoralized in a most callous way,” she says.

WOW Awards 2020-Cleon Athill receiving award in Human Rights category

Athill wants something to be done about this aspect of the recruits’ training.

“This is a serious issue. The officers, the supposed ‘teachers/ trainers,’ need to be brought in to give account for their conduct.
In my opinion, they need to be fired. And if this is what passes for training, the entire training academy and its programme need to be audited … need to be revamped.

“The recruits deserve better and our nation demands better,” Dr. Athill declares.


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  1. Pompey, this is right up your alley.
    Let your fingers do some walking and dancing, on the QWERTY board.
    Your take on will be interesting, to say the least.


      Been through rigorous training under then;

      (i) …Commandant, Sir Wright F. George KCN, QPM, MVO

      (ii) …Chief Instructor, Edmond Liburd (Andy Liburd’s daddy)

      (iii) …Class Instructor, Edward Mills; and

      (iv) …Drills Instructor, Elton Martin QPM.’

      Well, some intimidating things were said that had induced fear, but primarily to instill obedience and conformity to the ‘Disciplinary Code and mental toughness.’

      The most fearful was ‘…I have authority to kill two of you without answering questions; and ‘…If more than two, then I would have to write Reports.’

      Afraid of the kill.

      ‘Ebry’ darn trainee buckled.

      Do know that when a trainee (Christopher- Grenadian) was ordered to drill with the darn heavy ‘.303 Rifle’ at ‘High Port’ (above the head) as punishment, Sir Wright, came and ‘pissed’ right there on the Drill Instructor.

      Never, tried the darn thing again.

      Did not view the video, but this still photograph, it not only speaks to ‘…disregard to human dignity and worth,’ but also ‘…Cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment’ [CO: 1981: Section 7].

      Already said in ‘private discussions’ outside policing, that ‘Rawlston Pompey’ would have removed ‘…ebry darn one ah dem forthwith.’

      Age of information and technology.

      Thanks to social media, though.


      • Thank you! I know, that you’re a man of honor; and this type of behavior, especially where psychology plays a significant role, in the perfomance of one duties, as they deal with the public.
        this type of mental and psychological abuse will definitely, be passed on to the public in some way.

        Be safe…


  2. Oh hush Cleon Athill. That is nothing been through worst. Aru always want get on lakka dem merikans wit aru sjw shyt ah traning not one school trip

  3. Wow! When will be begin to leaders and not followers!?
    That is an American thing and can be very dangerous to the individual.

  4. My daughter want to join the force but after seeing the video she is scared.everyone deserve to be treated properly .what I see I called bullying because the young can’t answer back .it is shameful and disgrace. We must stop take advantage of people’s children. That’s why alot of young men don’t want to join the force.nobody say to baby them punishment can be done in so many ways.

    • Aru need fu tap aru sh*t and stfu the police force nah hire likkle boys and girls the hire men and women. It is damn traning and conditioning the mind fu deal wit people from all kinds of walk from life. The officers who actually been through that sh*t nah even say nothing them ah laugh um off. Cleon Athill just clout chasing.

      • Lets hope from your ridiculous response that you aren’t in that field. The training will serve no purpose but for Antigua. Think beyond the normal situations and prepare Antigua to compete on a larger scale. Move that small island mentality.

  5. Cleon Athill just want to be relevant. Cleon should find real issues to deal with. She just want to come to the front because She will be on the UPP Ticket to run in the next election 2023. Nobody should listen to Cleon because She is just a ONESIDED Person.

    • I doubt she can win any seat. Same goes for Algernon Watts and the one with the American passport swore allegiance to Trump already.

  6. First of all the responses are clearly from persons who don’t understand the purpose of such training. Your children aren’t there for a reason. It is a psrt of the training and if you cannot handle it do not watch it. This is minor compared to previous recruits. Y’all just want something to talk about. If you do not understand keep quiet. The recruited are laughing at y’all, they enjoyed this part of training. And FYI if you do the right thing then this won’t happen

  7. It begs to question is this one of the reasons why some officers behave in a crude manner to the general public? Mr. Rodney when he was officially confirmed as the Commissioner of Police spoke to Customer Services Training for recruits. He will need to banish the practice of hazing in the process.

  8. I don’t normally agree with Athill, but this time Cleon is right on. Hazing is from the dark ages, engaged in by bullies and abusers, sexual, physical and mental. THIS HAS NO PLACE IN OUR FORCES. Slavery over now. Those who engage are almost always those who have been abused themselves, often sexually (usually be men), and they are just acting out. In many countries hazing is illegal and carries hugr fines and even prison time. These nasty people need to be exposed and put to open shame, and charged with criminal actions. Those who defend these degenerates have likely been abused themselves and bullied as children. Now they are repeating the cycle. THINK ABOUT IT BEFORE DEFENDING SUCH WICKEDNESS.

    • Pls just stfu with aru American sjw bullshit. It is tranjng not a kiddie play date. Y’all don’t but aru running off aru mouth. The officer six months later laughing that shit off. Cleon Athill looking damn attention.

        • Again stfu if u don’t know shit. It is para military traning. That all aru want fu do sit down behind keyboards and talk aru shit. The police force nah send fu them them sign up for um im sure if the man min want fu left he couldda wha mek aru nah gwan go study miss corona who ah breath down aru neck

  9. In short, this type of events should never reach outside the perimeters of training school. Only then it becomes a problem. Both to the individual and the public.

  10. Vigorous training is definitely necessary for the police recruits…… However, speaking profane languages and training the recruits in such brutal manner is clear indication that our senior officers’ IQ & creativity is of a very low level and hence, such poor standard trickles down into the training program.

  11. When I was on training it was far worst. We got run in the dirty pond water and majority of us got ring worms and fungus about our bodies, we had to lift a utility pole yes a heavy UTILITY POLE and run with it on our backs. We had to run through bushes with stones being thrown on us and the list of horrors goes on but they said it was to make us stronger. I mean training is no bed of Rose’s and a lot of Police Officers can attest to that. You either endure it or you don’t go and join at all. The Police Force didn’t send call nobody is them apply.

    • What did they teach you guys about actually fighting and solving crime, what did they teach about responding to victims of violence???? There are so many other things to focus more positively on. That force is the most lazy force ever. No one ever wants to leave their post. Women wear skirts and can’t help fight no crime. So many unsolved cases. Time for a change.

  12. “Been through worst” does not make it right. You can train men /get them ready for your country in a disciplined, stern fashion without demoralizing or Fusing verbal abuse. This was plain out wrong in the sight of God and man. In the end they are humans, with a price tag on them.Treat them as such!!!

  13. And the police force still nuh make sense. Same way how they want talk to citizens cause they have on a suit. I agree after seeing this both of my kids will become lawyers and doctors..

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