The residences of the Redemption Sharpes Community were regaled by the melodious worship of the Police Christian Soldiers, backed by the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, Band at the official opening of the Community Bath at Redemption Sharpes on 18.06.2018. The opening of the public bath marked the final activity of Police Week 2018 community projects. The Ceremony saw attendance of the area representative Hon. St Clair Leacock, community leaders, members of the R/Sharpes community and members of the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force.
Speaking at the opening ceremony Commissioner of Police Collin John, expressed that despite the efforts of the police, they are still being seen in a negative light. He stated that if persons in the R/Sharpes community are asked to describe the police force, the feedback that would be an adverse light; likewise the view of the community by the police would be similar. The Commissioner stressed that, the police aims to change the perception of both entities with its involvement in projects such as the Public Bath. Commissioner John further proposed that he intends to conduct surveys throughout SVG, in order to assist the police in changing its image so that it can better serve the country. In closing, the commissioner thanked the persons instrumental in the renovation of the public bath, such as the Police Carpenters; the Police Week committee members; Students at SVG Community College who assisted with the painting of the murals; Community Members that contributed; and the prisoners at the Her Majesty’s Prison.
Making brief remarks on behalf of the R/Sharpes community, Pastor Aldon Bess of the World Wide Mission, Redemption Sharpes, stated that it gives him great pleasure to witness such a kind gesture from the police. He stated that even with the negative connotation of the community over the years; the police found it fit to donate something to the community. Pastor Bess applauded the Police for engaging in such a project. The pastor opined that, the problems that resonate within the community is as result of few individuals, and encouraged community members to appreciate what the police has done and admonished them to take care it.
The cutting of the ribbon signifying the opening of the renovated bath was done by Ms Jeanie Charles, an elderly community resident who expressed delight on seeing the finished product.
The Police also engaged in competitive football match led by Commissioner Collin John, against the Sharpes Combine to commemorate the occasion. The entertaining match ended with both teams scoring one (1) goal apiece.