The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police on Friday December 28, 2017, recognised over sixty Police Officers for outstanding performances in 2017 and recently retired Police Officers at the Annual Police Awards and Retirement Ceremony held at the Police canteen.
The Gala event showcased officers who for the year 2017 went above and beyond the call of duty in serving the public.
The categories for which each officer was recognised included, awards for the Most Outstanding Police Officer in Branches/Sections/Units, Most Outstanding Police Officer at Police Stations, Most Outstanding Police Officer in Divisions, Best at Customer Service, Special Awards, Award for Bravery and the coveted titles of Policeman and Woman of the Year.
Walking away with the coveted titles of Policeman and Woman of the Year were Sergeant 315 Meldon James and Woman Police Constable (WPC) 707 Enda Haywood.
This is the third time WPC Haywood has won the title of Policewoman of the Year.
Immediately after presenting the award to WPC Haywood, Commissioner of Police Renold Hadaway promoted the awardee to the rank of Acting Corporal for her consistency. She was also presented with her chevrons and lanyard, insignia’s which accompany her new rank.
Petty Officer 521 Lennox Williams received the Commissioner Award for Bravery.
Delivering his remarks on what he described as his final official address as Commissioner of Police, Renold Hadaway commended each of the officers who received awards and reminded those in attendance of the importance of their duty as law enforcement officers. He urged the officers to always strive to deliver better service to the citizens of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
He also commended his predecessor, retired Commissioner of Police, Mr. Michael Charles for initiating the award ceremony, recognizing its importance in building the morale of police for their hard work and dedication.
Commissioner Hadaway encouraged the members to maintain discipline in the Police Force and encouraged them to treat him with the same respect when he returns to civilian life.
The Other top awardees for 2017 are:
• PC 860 Rohan Cobbler was adjudged the Most Outstanding Police Officer in the Eastern Division
• PC. 82 Campbell was adjudged the Most Outstanding Police Officer in South Central Division
• Sgt. 315 James was adjudged the Most Outstanding Police Officer in Central Division
• PC 684 Elsbert Williams was adjudged the Most Outstanding Police Officer in South Western Division
• PC 478 Devon-Ian Horne was adjudged the Most Outstanding Police Officer in North Western Division
• WPC 510 Korah Jacobs was adjudged the Most Outstanding Police Officer in the Grenadines Division
The following officers received special awards:
• Sgt. 583 Keith Mc Barnette, PC 240 Clint Dasouza and the entire staff at the Police Carpenter Shop were recognised for their contribution to the organization.
Awards to Retirees
Some of the retirees who were recognized are as follows:
• Retired Commissioner of Police, Mr. Michael Charles
• Retired Superintendents of Police, Mr. Elton Jackson
• Retired Inspector, Mr. Desmond Haywood
• Retired Sergeants of Police, Mr. Paul Smart and Gregory Laborde
Best at Customer Service
• SVG Coast Guard and the Questelles Police Station respectively for commendable customer to the public.