Today, Wednesday November 6th, 2019 the Sexual Offences Unit in the Royal Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force celebrates its first anniversary of existence under the theme “See something, know something, say something; stop all Sexual Abuse”. The Unit was launched on 6th November, 2018 with nine (9) persons attached to the unit, seven (7) females and two (2) males. The unit presently have eight persons on staff who investigates most of the sexual assault throughout Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Since its inception, the Unit has investigated a total of one hundred and seventy four (174) cases of Sexual Assaults (to date); made ninety (90) arrests, and have had two (2) completed trials which have resulted in convictions and custodial sentences in both cases.
Apart from investigations, the Unit has embarked on an educational drive by visiting several schools and held discussions on sexual abuse with students, teachers and parents.
To commemorate its first anniversary, members of staff of the sexual offences unit and Commissioner of Police, Mr. Colin John attended a Church service on Sunday November 3, 2019 at the Methodist Church Hall. This was followed by a flurry of activities and lectures on sexual abuse and preventative methods to counter sexual abuse on the undermentioned dates and places:
Monday November 4, 2019
- Lecture to students attending the J.P Eustace Secondary School
- Visit to the Salvation Army Children home at Pembroke
Tuesday November 5, 2019
- Lecture to students of the Central Leeward Secondary School
- Lecture to parents of students attending the Georgetown and New Prospect primary schools respectively
Wednesday November 6, 2019
- Lecture to students attending the Campden Park Secondary and the Questelles Primary Schools
Thursday November 7, 2019
Lecture at the Old Montrose Police Lecture Hall at 10:00 am on the topic “Investigating Sexual Offences”. The lecture will be presented by Ms. Tamika Mc Kenzie, Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Later in the afternoon, the unit will pay a visit to the Guadulupe Home for battered and abused girls.
Friday November 8, 2019
- The staff will culminate its celebratory activities with a social event to be followed by a discussion on the Police on the Beat programme aired on NBC Radio 705 on a date to be determined.
The Sexual Offences Unit endeavours to continue to work harder to deplete the amount Sexual Offences in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.