Local constabulary  commends Spt Simmons on regional recognition
Superintendent, Junior Simmons (second from right) accepts the top Caribbean Community Policing Office award, (at right) acting Police Commissioner, Enville Williams.
May 28, 2024

Local constabulary commends Spt Simmons on regional recognition

The Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) has extended congratulations to Superintendent, Junior Simmons who received the top Caribbean Community Policing Office award at a recent gathering of top police officers from across the Caribbean held earlier this month in Belize.

In a release, the RSVGPF said they were “proud to recognize and congratulate Superintendent of Police Junior O. Simmons for his remarkable achievement in winning the Top Caribbean Community Policing Officer award, presented by the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) in conjunction with Amalgamated Security Services Limited (ASSL)”.

Established in 1987, the ACCP currently comprises Commissioners of Police/Chiefs of Police from 25 Caribbean countries. The release further stated that the recognition is part of the ACCP/ASSL Regional Recognition Awards Programme, which honours outstanding police officers from ACCP member forces.

The awards programme shines a spotlight on outstanding police officers across the Caribbean, honouring them in three key categories: Top Caribbean

Community Policing Officer; Top Caribbean Crime Fighter; and Top Caribbean Career Move.

Each year, the top officer in each category is awarded a trophy, a round trip, and a cash prize of US$5,000, which they direct towards a charitable cause or initiative of their police force’s choosing. This esteemed programme acknowledges officers who have made significant strides in reducing crime, strengthening community relationships, enhancing safety and security, and contributing positively to their police force, their community, and the Caribbean as a whole.

“Superintendent of Police Junior O. Simmons, with over three decades of exemplary service, epitomizes dedication and excellence in the Royal Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force…”, the release added.

“Since his enlistment on July 15, 1993, Superintendent Simmons has consistently exceeded the expectations of his roles, garnering prestigious recognitions such as Best Recruit, Best at Police Duty Subjects, Commissioner’s Trophy, and the Baton of Honour from his initial training. His career is marked by significant contributions in a variety of critical areas including Beat and Patrol, Special Branch, Narcotics, and Family Court, as well as leadership roles in several district stations,” it further stated.

“This wide-ranging expertise not only highlights his dedication to public safety but also underscores his versatility and unwavering commitment to the highest standards of law enforcement.”

In his role, the RSVGPF said Spt Simmons “has excelled in promoting community policing within the organization and across communities” in SVG. “As one of the primary liaisons between the RSVGPF and the public, he has been instrumental in reviving dormant Neighbourhood Watch Groups and forming new ones. His efforts are pivotal in rebuilding the RSVGPF’s image and trust with the community, engaging with schools, faith-based organizations,” as well as civil society, and other critical stakeholders, “to enhance the relationship between the police and the public.”

He has been identified as a “driving force behind several key initiatives, including the RSVGPF’s community walkabouts, concerts, and the National Firearms Amnesty. His tireless efforts have positioned him as a role model within the police force, earning him respect from colleagues and the wider community”. The RSVGPF said additionally that Spt Simmons’ leadership extends to the Police Youth Clubs (PYC), where his positive influence has seen the number of clubs grow from 22 to 31 under his tenure.

“Superintendent Simmons exemplifies the ethos of the RSVGPF: Service. As a spokesperson for the force, he continually promotes strategic imperatives such as adapting to modern law enforcement challenges, responding to community needs, and ensuring citizen safety and security,” the police release noted as well.

“I am very humbled to have won such a coveted regional award for my efforts in championing community policing. I thank the Almighty God for His blessings and favour over my life. I thank Commissioner Williams for nominating me for the award. My wife and my immediate family have been a pillar of strength and support to me. I thank them profusely. My staff, colleagues, and members of the general public who have collaborated and assisted me in forging new and stronger police/public relationships, I thank them for their partnership,” the release quoted Spt Simmons as saying.

“The Royal Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force extends its heartfelt congratulations to Superintendent Simmons on this remarkable achievement. His dedication and service are exemplary, and this recognition underscores his unwavering commitment to enhancing community relations and ensuring public safety. As we look forward to Superintendent Simmons’ continued contributions, we are confident that his efforts will further strengthen the bonds between the RSVGPF and the communities we serve,” the release quotes the acting Police Commissioner, Enville Williams as saying.

Superintendent Simmons received the award during the 38th.

Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of

Police (ACCP), held in Belize City, Belize, under the theme “Improving Regional Security through Stronger Law Enforcement Cooperation” which ended on May 17, 2024. Acting Commissioner Williams was among police commissioners attending the conference.

Spt Simmons told SEARCHLIGHT they are still in discussions about which charitable cause or initiative will benefit from the money that is part of the award he received.