Even as Commissioner of Police Colin John thanked the members of the planning committee for the hard work they put in to ensure that the RSVGPF’s 2020 Annual Awards and Retirement Dinner was a success, he made clear that officers who do not adhere to the generally accepted norms and principles of the organization, will be dwelt with in accordance with inherent correction mechanisms of the organization.
Commissioner John made the ‘promise’ while addressing the Royal SVG Police Force Awards and Retirement Dinner held at the Russell’s Auditorium, Tuesday 29th December 2020.
Notwithstanding his stern warning, the Commissioner appealed to officers not to be daunted when they do not get the promotion they feel they deserve. He urged these officers to work even harder, so those in higher authority might feel guilty for not supporting their promotion.
“Be professional and continue to do so, so that at the end of the day the organization will not be able to say, ‘You are looking for promotion and you marking the time or you are not doing your job’. Let us Commissioners feel guilty for not promoting you,” John advised.
He boasted that the police force has many dedicated officers, but admitted, “… We have a few persons who would not adhere to the generally accepted norms and principles of the organization, but I am happy to say that they are few and far between, and whenever the situation arises we try to nip it in the bud.”
John, though, said that he did not want to dwell on the negative because there are a lot of hardworking police officers in the force.
Commissioner John noted that this year was a difficult one as the Force was called upon to ensure that persons adhered to the COVID-19 rules.
“We had to work along with the health authorities; we had to work along with immigration and other bodies to ensure that persons were safe and that persons who should be in quarantine stayed in quarantine,” said John, adding that even as they delivered service in this regard, the lawmen were also expected to stay safe from the virus.
In referencing the November 5th general elections, he commended the public for their positive attitude which ensured a peaceful election.
“… We played our part as well. Once we identified any issues or we got any intelligence that there was something that was likely to happen, we tried to be as proactive as possible to ensure that things did not get out of hand,” said the Commissioner on the role his men played during the general elections.
The Commissioner revealed that there has been a 6% decrease in crime in 2020 compared to last year, and appealed to his officers to continue working hard since perseverance and persistence are important.
John also congratulated the officers who received awards on the night and encouraged them to continue representing the organization well.
He said that officers engaged in a lot of online studies and he thanked the regional security agencies, as well as the local agencies for their support.
Officers who passed away this year did not escape the overview of the Commissioner.
In summary, Commissioner John acknowledged that hard work is very important and the RSVGPF was in general, a complement of very hardworking officers.
Source: The Vincentian