The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF), in collaboration with the RSVGPF Police Welfare Association (PWA), held its Annual Awards and Retirement Dinner at Russell’s Auditorium last Tuesday 29th December, 2020, under the theme: The catalyst to success is hard work, discipline and dedication.
Noticeably absent from this year’s ceremony was Assistance Superintendent of Police Junior Simmons who would normally serve as Master of Ceremony. In his absence, ASP Hawkins Nanton took up the role.
This year the coveted awards of Policeman and Policewoman of the Year went to Cpl. 192 Douglas Caesar and Cpl. 228 Judy Franklyn respectively. Franklyn also received the award for outstanding performance at the Human Resources Department. Caesar, a member of the Rapid Response Unit, was cited as a brave and loyal police officer.
There were presentation of awards for the best officers at all police stations, best officers at each division, as well as all the departments and branches within the police force.
The ceremony also witnessed the distribution of special awards to PC 789 Chelsley Jacobs, Joyce Jackson, Doris John, Cecil ‘Blazer’ Williams, SOP Timothy Hazelwood, the Vermont Police Station and the SVG Coast Guard Services.
Awards were also presented to police officers who retired this year. Among them were ACP Carlos Sampson; Inspectors Paul Jones and Sherol Lee- James; Sergeants 373 Mildred Mofford, 70 Cleos Billingy and 583 Keith McBarnette; Cpl. 248 Tosby Lewis; and PCs 36 Leroy Charles and 4 Lorice Alphanzo Carter.
The Personal Achievement Award category saw Cpl. 192 Douglas Caesar and PC 225 Jordy Derrick receiving Awards for Bravery; Cpl. 604 Aleea Stapleton receiving the Academic Achievement Award; PC 843 Vininsha King – the Sports Woman of the Year Award; and West Indies fast bowler Kesrick Williams – Sports Man of the Year.
The event heard addresses from Moice Cummings- Junior Branch Chairman of the Police Welfare Association, Commissioner of Police (CoP) Colin John and Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.
Source: The Vincentian