On Thursday, February 6, 2020, the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force held its first Commissioner’s of Police Parade for 2020. The parade was held at the Victoria Park and commenced at 7:15 am. Close to two hundred (200) police officers including the police High Command and others from the various departments/sections/units and divisions turned out for the parade which was under the command of Superintendent of Police, Mr. Kenneth John.
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Colin John inspected the officers that were on the parade and later addressed them. He used the opportunity to congratulate them for their service to the organization and by extension, to St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) in keeping its citizens safe. He reiterated that due to the hard and dedicated work of the police and assistance from members of the public, the overall crime rate reduced in 2019.
The Commissioner stated that the RSVGPF prides itself on being the “best turned out” police force in the region; therefore, the Commissioner’s Parade is held on an ongoing basis to ensure that the high standard of deportment is maintained among the ranks. He said he was generally pleased with the deportment of the vast majority of officers who were on parade except for a few individuals.
Commissioner John reminded the officers that they took an oath to protect and serve the people of SVG and they must always be true to that oath. He went on to say that in 2019, there were instances where police officers breached that oath and actions were taken to discipline the officers in question. He urged the officers to treat every report with the level of seriousness that it deserves so that justice can be done.
The main highlight of the parade was the awarding of the Regional Security System (RSS) Medal of Honour to forty (43) police officers who performed humanitarian duties in Dominica in 2017 during the aftermath of hurricane Maria.