Members of one of the largest batches of Police recruits to be trained in this country have been officially enlisted in the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF).
About 115 recruits engaged in the 40th Passing Out Parade last Thursday, August 18 at Victoria Park under the theme “Amidst the challenges, we continue to strive for excellence”.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Thecla Andrews-Thomas, commandant at the Police Training School described the past eight months of training for the new officers as challenging, but with great rewards.
“This is a service profession. Policing is not for everyone. Serve the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines with pride, dignity, empathy and integrity.
“Be fair to all whom you are dealing with when executing your duties and do so without fear or favour. Our country deserves no less,” Andrews told recruits as she delivered the commandant’s address.
Andrews said Course 40, which began on January 10 was ‘no ordinary course” and that in her seven years as commandant of the training school, “this is one of the largest numbers of recruits ever trained in one course at the training facility in Old Montrose”.
As a result, training for recruits was done on rotation, with one batch receiving theoretical training at the training institution while another batch received practical training at several out stations.
The commandant assured that the recruits were trained in several major policing subject areas including but not limited to: the history and role of the police; powers and mode of arrest; care, custody and rights of prisoners and detainees; the judges rule; statement taking and report writing; classification of crimes and offences; court of law and procedures; case file preparation; fire education; trafficking in persons; investigation of homicide and other crimes.
She urged recruits to continue persevering as they launch into their new career as officers, and to continue the process of learning so as to always improve themselves in the varying areas.
“Seek god’s guidance in every decision you make. You are now in the public eye. Conduct yourself as someone who deserves respect for everything you do will be up for scrutiny,” Andrews said.
Atika Ballantyne was named valedictorian of Course 40 and delivered the valedictory address at last Thursday’s event.
Governor General Dame Susan Dougan was also in attendance for inspection of the new police officers.
Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, who has ministerial responsibility for national security, and Commissioner of Police Colin John also delivered remarks at last Thursday’s Passing Out parade of recruits.