Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF), on Saturday 02.06.2018, brought the curtains down on the Police Week activities, with an award ceremony geared towards acknowledging and recognised the Police Officers who performed outstandingly, in the week long series of events which began on Sunday 27.05.2018.
Travelling at ‘full trottle’ on ‘rough seas’, Team Coast Guard commandeered by Commander Brenton Cain, overtook its five other competing divisions to win the Hon. Prime Minister’s Trophy and the coveted title of Police Week 2018 champions. The presentation and prize giving ceremony was held on Saturday June 2, 2018 at the Police Canteen in Kingstown.
Amassing an overall total of 358 points, the seamen and women dominated almost every segment of Police Week activities including the Debate Competition, Football Competition, the Road Relay and the Track and Field events.
In fulfilling the theme for Police Week, the SVG Coast Guard truly harnessed their collective talents into first position.
In second position and winner of the Hon. Minister of Sports trophy was Administration Division with 314 points while Operations Division took the third spot and was awarded the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security Trophy with 266 points. Central, Western and Eastern Divisions placed fourth, fifth and sixth respectively with 243,159 and 118 points.
The Victor Ludorum of the track and field event was PC 683 Nigel Small of Operations Division while AB 628 Shantel Compton of SVG Coast Guard was adjudged the Victrix Ludorum.
Other winners and prizes that were awarded were as follows:
- AB 496 Desron Dick of Coast Guard, 1st Place in the Debate Competition – he was awarded the COP Trophy, $500 ECC and a certificate
- PC 434 Moise Cummings of Western Division, 2nd Place – he was awarded the DCP Trophy, $300 ECC and a Certificate
- PC 949 Edson Smith of Central Division, 3rd Place – he was awarded the ACP Trophy, $200 ECC and a certificate
The other three competitors all received a certificate and $ 100 each.
The keynote address at the presentation ceremony was delivered by Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. Hon. Ralph Gonsalves. Other speakers included Commissioner of Police, Mr. Colin John and ASP Trevor Bailey, Chairman of Police Week Organizing Committee.
Delivering the keynote address, Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. Hon. Ralph E. Gonsalves, expressed how pleased he was that Police week 2018 was a success, and also congratulated the SVG Coast Guard for being the overall champions for the week of activities. He also indicated that this year would be a very good year for the Coast Guard. The Prime Minister used the opportunity to announce his intentions to expand the Coast guard service, through the enlistment of new officers, and the introduction of a 43 meter Off-shore Patrol Vessel (OPV), compliment the United States Government.
The Prime Minister proudly boasted that the addition of the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) will put the SVG Coast Guard Service above all the others in the OECS.
The Prime minister also encouraged young persons who are interested in joining the Police Force, to go to the SVG Community College and further their studies when they have the opportunity to do so, because the old days of policing are gone. He continued to point out that police today need to be well rounded, both physically and educationally.
The Prime minister further outlined that the police force has gone through dramatic transformations, and that during the past seventeen (17) years, his government has lifted the status of Policemen and Policewomen in SVG. He further explained that amidst all the challenges, he is happy to see that there is a close working relationship with the Police Welfare association and the leadership of the Police force. The Prime Minister concluded that that he is pleased with the work of the Police Force thus far, in helping to keep SVG safe.
Also delivering remarks, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Collin John described that the Police Week has accomplished what it has set out to do through its theme "Harnessing our Talents and Esprit de corps for effective policing". Mr. John described that he was pleased with how the men and women of the RSVGPF performed especially during the historic debate, which took place on the 29.05.2018.
The commissioner also stated how pleased he was at the Sports Day which occurred on Friday 01.06.2018. He outlined that the event allowed him to identify some very promising athletes.
According to Commissioner John, the Police Week events promoted friendly rivalry and allowed the Police to assist various communities, through donations of over 12 food baskets to the needy, free breakfast, free haircuts, beach clean ups and the repair of public bath in Redemption Sharps.
He described that the events were designed to enhance the Police’s relationship with the public. The Commissioner also acknowledged that they will definitely be hosting the Police week next year with hopes of making it an even bigger event.
Chairman of Police Week 2018 Organizing Committee, ASP Trevor Bailey also delivered brief remarks at the ceremony.
Police Week of activities which was dormant for just over ten years saw resurgence this year and was held under the theme “Harnessing our talents and Esprit d corps for effective Policing”. It ran from May 27 - June 2, 2018.