March 27, 2015
Police Constable eyes career in law

Police Constable 597 Shamrack Pierre knows the value of education.

Having recently completed a court prosecutor’s course in Barbados, the young police officer now wants to go all the way in the field of law.

The course ran from February 22 to March 21 and was attended by law enforcement officials from across the Caribbean.{{more}}

In an interview earlier this week, Pierre, who will be celebrating 12 years of service as a police officer next month, said the course covered basic prosecution and a wide variety of other topics.

“We learned about researching the law and different aspects of researching administrative law and how to respond to submissions from the other side.

“I learnt that as ministers of justice, we are not there to win every case, but to ensure that justice is done. I have gained a better knowledge and understanding of prosecuting and the role of a prosecutor,” he added.

Pierre, who is attached to the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court, said with what he has learned in Barbados, he is better equipped to carry out his duties.

The police officer, who has helped to prosecute several matters, hailed former inspector of police and now senior prosecutor in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Adolphus Delpesche as his mentor.

“I would try to adapt certain style and skills from him. I have learned so much and try to use it in court,” Pierre said.

However, he said it was prosecutor ASP Glenford Gregg who gave him the exposure in prosecution.

“Having showed him my interest and he saw that I was capable, he gave me that exposure. I am really thankful to both of these persons whom I look up to,” Pierre added.

With his passion for the law and his experience in court, Pierre now has his eyes set on pursuing a law degree.

“Having been exposed to different aspects of law, I think I need to further my studies to be better equipped,” Pierre added.

Pierre’s exposure to court started with him in the role of court orderly – assisting with the transport of prisoners to and from the court.

Before working there, he was attached to the Special Services Unit (SSU), the Rose Hall, Spring Village and Questelles police stations and the Criminal Investigations Department.

He also has been commended by former magistrates for the way he has taken to prosecutorial duties.

Pierre thanked the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force for making the course possible and all others who helped along the way.

“I will just like to give back to the organization in whatever way I can,” he said. (KW)