Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves held a very fruitful discussion yesterday with Commissioner of Police, Mr. Colin John, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Frankie Joseph and the rest of the Police High Command including Coast Guard Commander Brenton Caine, the gazette officer’s corps and the rank and file of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force.
The meeting at the Old Montrose Police Lecture Hall was attended by approximately 280 police officers and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Mr. Godfred Pompey.
Prime Minister Gonsalves in his address to the gathering urged the officers to be knowledgeable about their duties and responsibilities and the powers vested in them by the laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines as Police Officers.
He expressed the view that every police officer should seek to enforce and uphold the laws of the land no matter what department, division or station they are attached.
Touching on the current issue of ‘noise’ and the Noise Act, Dr. Gonsalves advised the officers present that not because they may not work at the Traffic Department, it does not mean that they should turn a blind eye to traffic offences that are committed or any other offences for that matter.
He stressed that the portfolio of every police officer should incorporate all of the duties offences encapsulated in the Police Act and the Criminal Code respectively.