Senior officers of the Royal St.Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force were involved in a two day Retreat on February 25th and 26th at the Catholic Pastoral Centre at Edinboro under the theme ‘Empowering Senior Management with the necessary skills to engender a culture of innovative and strategic policing through effective leadership.’
Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Ralph Gonsalves in addressing the opening ceremony urged the officers to familiarize themselves with the strengths, weaknesses, limitations and possibilities of their subordinates, and to always strive for excellence.
He also admonished the senior officers not to let competitive politics interfere with the leadership of the organization and to work together with the government to make this country a safer place for all.
The feature address was delivered by Retired Commissioner of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force, Mr. Vernon Francois who pointed out the difference between a Manager and a Leader, and advised the officers to advance themselves academically, engender professionalism, reward when necessary and not to be afraid to empower their subordinates.
The sessions covered a number of issues including Divisional Policing, Retirement and Succession Planning, Internal Discipline and Orderly Rooms and Strategic Planning in an Organization.