The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVPF), was today the recipient of fifteen (15) Computers and two (2) printers generously donated by the New York City based, SVG Diaspora Committee.

The fifteen (15) computers and printers were officially delivered at a handing over ceremony hosted at the Central Police Station, Kingstown.

Delivering remarks on behalf of the SVG Diaspora Committee, Sherrill-Ann Mason-Haywood, Chairperson of the committee, described the initiative as the result of the successful collaboration of ideas. She expounded that the committee was thrilled to be the facilitators of such an initiative and credited Mr. Garnes Byron, the committee’s trustee, for discovering the need through a casual conversation with Inspector Kimm Dougan; which ultimately paved the way for the computers to be donated. She also disclosed that the SVG Diaspora Committee is looking forward to fostering a successful partnership with the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVPF), and to actively contribute to the further modernisation of the Constabulary.

Commissioner of Police (COP), Mr. Colin John, in his brief remarks thanked the SVG Diaspora Committee for their generous donation to the organisation, and praised Mr. Garnes Byron for the role he played in ensuring that the computers were donated. The Commissioner pointed out, that despite some of the negative sentiments expressed by the public towards the organisation from time to time; the organisation is still determined to developing its resources, and remains unwavering in its efforts stamp out internal corruption and to maintain law and order in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Commissioner John stated that the computers were a timely donation, since the organisation has been taking steps towards computerising the Police Force, and making it more efficient.

He gave the assurance that the computers will be utilised solely for the purpose for which they have been donated and that policies will be put in place to ensure their proper upkeep.

Brief remarks were also delivered by Mrs. Mayfern Mayers-Oliver on behalf of Mr. Garnes Byron. She stated that although Mr. Byron lives in New York, his heart remains in St. Vincent because he loves his country so much and would do anything to assist wherever he can.

Assistant Superintendant of Police (ASP), Mr. Trevor Bailey while giving the vote of thanks, expressed sincere gratitude and appreciation to the committee for their contribution to the RSVPF, and ensured the Chairperson, that the constabulary does not run a “game shop,” and that the computers would be used solely to assist the organisation.

The SVG Diaspora Committee of New York Inc. is a non-profit organisation incorporated in the state of New York to provide opportunities for Vincentians at home and abroad to reflect and act effectively on vital issues and opportunities facing SVG and its Diaspora in the USA.