Prime Minister and Minister of National Security Dr. Ralph Gonsalves on Monday met with the hierarchy of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force including the Commissioner and other Senior Officers to discuss a range of matters including crime-fighting strategies.
Speaking today on WEFM’s Morning Programme, Prime Minister Gonsalves said the meeting which was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Sir Louis Straker, lasted about three hours and was fruitful.
“It was a very fruitful meeting where we discussed matters within the Police Force, the overall strategy in fighting crime, the accompanying work plan, reforms inside the Police Force itself. Very good discussion,” said Dr. Gonsalves.
The Prime Minister said follow-up meetings will be held with the entire leadership of the Police Force.
He described the current leadership of the Police Force as being “young and energetic yet at the same time experienced”.
“We have a new leadership in the Acting Commissioner and the Deputy Commissioner and it is very interesting that of the persons who are there only two of them would be retiring within the next year and another two in another four years, so that the leadership broadly speaking is quite young and energetic, yet at the same time experienced, so I’m expecting great things from them,” Dr. Gonsalves said.
Prime Minister Gonsalves expressed gratitude to former Commissioner of Police Reynold Hadaway for the work that was done under his leadership.
He noted that “appropriately we will have to celebrate him.”
Hadaway proceeded on pre-retirement leave on January 2, 2018. He has been replaced by Mr. Colin John who is now the Acting Police Commissioner.