The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, (RSVPF), extends sincere congratulations to Station Sergeant (S/Sgt) Michael J.A. Bess, for his successful completion of a Masters Degree in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health, from the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine Campus), which was conferred to him on the 14th August 2018.

S/Sgt Bess who has over Thirteen (13) years of firefighting and fire service management experience, has received professional training in several areas of critical importance to the SVG Fire Service and the Ministry of National Security. These training were conducted both regionally and internationally. Bess is recognized as the first Vincentian to ever be conferred a Master’s Degree in the study of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health.

Some of S/Sgt Bess’ previous achievements include a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (CIC), An international Certificate in Fire and Disaster Management (JICA), A Certificate in Disaster Management (CSU), as well as several international certifications awarded from internationally recognized organizations such as the Pan American Health Organization, (PAHO), Red Cross and FEMA.

A humbled Bess, first thanked God for steering him to a successful end of his programme. He thanked his Family and friends for their continued support while singling out his mother, Yvette Bess whom he dedicated his success to and his wife, Jessica Bess for her unwavering support. The S/Sgt also extends thanks to the personnel at the Fire Department who participated in his research and further extended such pleasantries to Ex-COP Michael Charles; present Commissioner of Police, Mr. Colin John, and the rank and file of the police organization.

S/Sgt Bess is an exemplary Fire-Fighter/Police Officer who leads by example and encourages his fellow officers to “never give up on worthwhile dreams, but push forward conquering despite the odds against you”. The Commissioner of Police Mr. Colin John and The Fire Chief, Mr. Joel James, including the rank and file of the organization congratulates S/Sgt Bess on his achievement and wish him continued success as he serves the RSVPF and most importantly the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.