The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) bade farewell to former Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Mr. Richard Browne, who has retired from the RSVGPF after serving the organization and the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines with distinction for more than 37 years.
Mr. Richard A. Browne was enlisted in the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) on April 4, 1984. He received his initial training at the Regional Police Training School at Paragon Base, Barbados. On completion of his training, he was awarded the prize for Best at Drills.
After completing his first year of service, then Constable Browne was dispatched to Grenada on a Peace Keeping Mission after the United States (US) Intervention, where he spent five (5) weeks.
Before his enlistment, Mr. Browne was a member of the SVG Cadet Force (1978 – 1983). He attained the rank of Warrant Officer 11.
This knowledgeable and “all-around” former police officer worked throughout the ‘length’ and ‘breath’ of St. Vincent and the Grenadines protecting and serving the people at various departments and stations, including:-
· Beat and Patrol
· Criminal Investigations Department (CID)
· Traffic Department (a combined total of 15 yrs. on two occasions),
· Layou Police Station
· Calliaqua Police Station
· Georgetown Police Station
· Mustique Police Station
Mr. Browne also served as the Divisional Commander for Eastern, South Central, Central, Grenadines, and Western Divisions, and Commandant of the Police Training School.
He attended and benefited from a myriad of training courses which added to his vast knowledge and experience including –
· R.S.S Basic Military Training Course – Barbados
· Junior Caribbean Traffic Officers Course – Barbados
· Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Course – Jamaica
· Human Rights Seminar – Uruguay
· Human Rights Seminar – Guatemala
· Incident Command System (ICS)
· Court Prosecution – Barbados
· Management Development programme and many others.
Mr. Browne was the Transportation Officer during the 2007 International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup (CWC) in the Caribbean region. He was an astute drills-man and parade commander. As part of his legacy, he spearheaded the modification of the Report of Medical Practitioner and the Incident Report Forms. He also authored “A Force Funeral Protocol”, a guide on holding funeral parades and other matters associated therewith.
On 21.9.2021, Mr. Browne retired from the RSVGPF at the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) after serving 37 years.
As ACP Browne transitions into a new journey in life, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Colin John, the officers, and other ranks of the RSVGPF profoundly thank him for his service and dedication to duty; and wish him a very rewarding and happy retirement.