Police Commissioner, Colin John has commended the members of the rank and Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force for working hard to tackle criminal activity here.
His commendation came during a General Meeting, of the Officer’s Corps and rank and file members of the organization, held at the Old Montrose Police Station Lecture Hall yesterday.
Commissioner John thanked the officers for their contribution and the hard work they have been putting into the organization for 2019 and previous years. He said the Police Force has been doing commendable work so far generally, in the reduction of crime and more so, murders. He reported that for 2019, there are only two recorded reports of murder thus far.
The Commissioner highlighted statistics which show a decrease in crimes at the main Police Stations for the period January to May 2019 compared with the corresponding period for 2018.
He attributed this reduction to the dedicated work of the men and women in the organization, and he encouraged Officers to be proactive in their work and advised them not to become complacent.
The Commissioner noted that the Auxiliary Police Officers, Traffic Wardens, Tourist Police and Rural Constables are an important part of the crime fighting mechanism in the organization. He commended them for their dedication to duty.
Speaking on the subject of VINCY MAS 2019, the Commissioner alluded to the fact that the Rural Carnivals have already began with little or no incidents of crime so far. He said the strong presence of Police Officers in the communities where these activities are taken place has borne fruit.
In expressing gratitude to the men and women of the Police Force for their hard work, the Commissioner awarded two special days leave to every Police Officer from Constable to Inspector. He also granted two additional special days to 27 officers for their deportment and attire at the last Commissioner of Police Parade.
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Carlos Sampson also addressed the meeting and informed the gathering that the Police Force will receive ten new vehicles; eight (8) SUV’s and two (2) motor cycles. He encouraged the officers to take care of the vehicles because the public demand for assistance from the police is growing; and therefore, the addition to the fleet will assist the police in responding to the needs of the public in a timely manner. The Assistant Commissioner urged the officers who will be driving the vehicles to treat them as their own.
Other speakers at the meeting were Richard Browne, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Superintendents of Police, Enville Williams and Trevor Baily and Inspector Carmel who all gave updates on Exercise Tradewinds 2019, Police Week 2019, Non-Commissioned Officer (NCOs) Conference 2019; while Syd Hazell of SAGICOR made a presentation to the general body on matters relating to insurance coverage.