The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) in conjunction with the Police Welfare Association (PWA) held the third (3rd) Elson “Rocker” Richardson Memorial Lecture on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at the Frenches House under the theme “Honouring the Fallen and the Brave”.
In attendance were Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr. Frankie Joseph; Assistance Commissioner of Police, Mr. Richard Browne, Commander of the SVG Coast Guard Service, Mr. Brenton Cain, Gazetted officers and other rank and file members of the RSVGPF, retired police officers and relatives of the late Elson Richardson, Ms. Fedaria and Resha Richardson. The featured speaker was Reverend Adolph Davis, Superintendent Minister of the Kingstown -Chateaubelair Circuit of Methodist Churches.
Delivering brief remarks at the gathering, Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr. Frankie Joseph said that the late Elson Richardson was a very good police officer who performed his duties diligently. He defined him as a jovial individual but was very assertive when necessary in his past life. The deputy commissioner somberly conveyed that after sixteen (16) years of service to the organization, Richardson’s life was senselessly taken from him. He concluded his remarks by imploring those who were present to always remember the late “Rocker”, along with all the other police officers who were killed while in service to their country.
Also delivering brief remarks at the memorial lecture was Station Sergeant Brenton Smith, Chairman of the Police Welfare Association (PWA). Station Sergeant Smith stated that when the late PC Richardson met his death, many of the officers who were in attendance would have been in primary or secondary school – and therefore one of the reason why the lecture was being held was to remember what transpired then and what can happen now and in the future.
The welfare association president urged the gathering that as they mourn the gruesome death of a colleague, not to forget his family. HE also encouraged the police high command to use the Late PC Richardson’s death to make significant changes not only within the organization but throughout the society.
He called upon the officers present, to remember the other police officers who met their deaths under unnatural circumstances and to keep their families in their prayers.
In what can be described as an electrifying presentation, Reverend Adolph Davis compelled the officers at the gathering to first understand their purpose as police officers as they strive to maintain order throughout society. Rev. Davis beseeched the officers to first understand what they do and to ascertain why they do what they do so they can effectively fulfill their mandate.
He disclosed that while the majority of Police Officers performs their duty fairly, impartially and with respect for others, there are some officers who are inconsistent in executing their roles with the level of pride and respect that is necessary. He explained that while the duties of the police officers are clear, some officers misunderstand their purpose and abuse their powers. He admonished these officers to get rid of their negative mindsets and be good role models for the younger officers to follow.
Rev. Davis intimated that although there has been a break down in society, there is still is an innate purpose within the citizens of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to look out for one another.
In closing, he advised the gathering of officers to strive to understand that they are part of something bigger. He challenged them to always seek order and purpose in what they do as officers because if they do, they will be able to maintain order within society more effortlessly.