The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) bade farewell to former Superintendent of Police (SoP), Mr.Timothy Steanson Eric Hazelwood, who has retired from the RSVGPF after serving the organization and the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines with distinction for 39 years.
Mr. Timothy Steanson Eric Hazelwood enlisted in the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) on December 1, 1981. He was an assertive, dedicated, loyal, and extremely effective police officer.
Due to his tenacity and drive, Mr. Hazelwood was one of the officers chosen to go to Grenada to perform peacekeeping duties in Grenada after the U.S Invasion.
Mr. Hazelwood was trained extensively locally, regionally, and internationally in various subject matters including but not limited to:
· Police Dog Training Course in Drug Detection – West Yorkshire Police Dog Training School, U.K.
· Police Dog Trainer, North State K-9 Academy, USA
· Narcotics Investigations Course – Jamaica
· Drug Commanders Course – Japan
· RCMP Drug Workshop – Canada
· Civil Defence – Brazil
· Exercise Trade-winds
· Infantry Officer’s Leader’s Course, US Army Infantry School – USA
Hazelwood was a very proficient and resourceful law enforcement officer who never shied away from an assignment. No matter how difficult the task was, he always found a way to get it done.
His prowess in policing was equally matched in many other areas, including sports and extracurricular activities. He was a medium pacer for the RSVGPF Premier Division Team and a member of the RSVGPF Football Team.
Mr. Hazelwood represented the RSVGPF at the local and regional and international levels in athletics with distinction. He was involved in Special Olympics and was a FIFA Certified International Football Referee who performed his duties beyond the shores of SVG.
During his policing career, Mr. Hazelwood worked at various departments and police stations including, Beat and Patrol, Special Unit (Calliaqua) Narcotics Unit, Biabou Police Station, NCO in-charge of Questelles Police Station, Inspector in-charge Special Services Unit (SSU), Port Facilities and Security Officer (PFSO), and Commander of Rapid Response Unit (RRU) popularly known as “Black Squad”.
He was truly a tactical and high-performance officer with a penchant for justice for the people he served. His service to the people of SVG is honourable and one for the annals of the RSVGPF.
After serving for 39 years, Mr. Hazelwood retired on December 10, 2020, at the rank of Superintendent.
As SOP Hazelwood 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.