Stenelia Franics, the first female to attain the rank of Superintendent of Police (SOP) in the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, has proceeded on pre-retirement leave.
Superintendent Francis leaves active duty after a period of 36 years and 8 months. She will officially retire in November 2015.
During a special ceremony, Commissioner of Police Michael Charles commended Superintendent Francis for her service to the Police Force and to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
He described her as a hard worker and wished her all the best in her future endeavors.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Godfred Pompey, in his tribute to Superintendent Francis said the Ministry and by extension Prime Minister Dr.Ralph Gonsalves, appreciate the hard work put in by Superintendent Francis during her tenure.
Kind sentiments were also expressed by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Reynold Hadaway, and Assistant Commissioners of Police, Frankie Joseph, Carlos Sampson and Brenton Cain.
Superintendent Francis Francis said after 36 years serving her country as a Police Officer, retirement offers her a new beginning.