The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) has increased its efforts in playing a positive role in shaping young people’s lives in St. Vincent and the Grenadines through the hosting of summer development programmes. This was evident as the Questelles Police Youth Club concluded its one-week summer programme with a closing under the theme “Building skills and competencies, enhancing and fostering well beings through positive youth development work” at the Questelles Learning Resource Center on Sunday August 25, 2019.

A total of forty-five (45) participants were awarded certificates after learning various skills-set including arts and craft and culinary arts.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Colin John congratulated the students for participating in the programme. He told them that he knows that each of them had other alternative ways of spending their time but they choose the police youth club instead.

Commissioner John stated that principally, the police are the enforcers of the laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) but through the organization’s summer outreach programmes, the RSVGPF hopes to strengthen the bonds between the police and the public.

The Commissioner thanked the sponsors for making the programme possible and the facilitators for their excellent work with the students. He explained that the programme is another element of the organization’s crime preventative initiative, and outlined the importance of allowing the participants to channel their energy in a positive and meaningful way.

The Commissioner stressed that the preventative aspect of policing seen through the initiative of the police youth club is much more effective than the detection side of crime fighting.

Station Sergeant of Police, Mr. Meldon James also spoke at the ceremony. He outlined that the participants learnt various skills that can be used in their everyday lives. He commended the facilitators of the programme for an excellent job in teaching and guiding the participants and urged the parents to be proud of themselves and of their children for allowing them to be a part of the programme.

National Coordinator of the Police Youth Club, Sergeant of Police, Ms. Loraine addressed the participants and extended thanks and appreciation to the district coordinator of the Questelles Police Youth Club and the facilitators of the programme for an excellent effort. She explained that she was overwhelmed after seeing the different varieties of arts and craft created by the students on display.

Sergeant John said that although parents gravitate towards the idea of their children being academically inclined, it is also beneficial to have them learn a skill and praised the programme for doing just that. She encouraged the students to use what they have learned over the past week to create alternative opportunities to further develop themselves.