The Ministry of National Mobilisation, The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines (RSVG) Police Force Band, along with the Embassy of Taiwan (China) held a signing ceremony on Monday January 29th, 2018 at the Police Conference Room.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ministries of National Mobilization and National Security was for youth empowerment training and music through the RSVG Police Force Band and to promote youth and national development.
Newly appointed Commissioner of Police, Colin John gave a brief history of the band cadets which was founded in 1953, and how it has changed over the years. He said that the twelve (12) persons that will join the band through the YES program, will have the opportunity to be part of the RSVG Police Force once they have performed well during the program.
His Excellency, Baushuan Ger- Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) said that since the start of the YES programme in 2001 the government of Taiwan has provided EC2.1 Million dollars to the programme and 8,500 youths have participated. Many have gone on to become teachers, businessmen, technician, among other professions.
Meanwhile, Minister of National Mobilisation, Hon. Frederick Stephenson said that he hopes that the signing of the MOU will help to prevent some young men from falling into gangs and give them the opportunity to have mainstream work along with training in music.
He said throughout the life of the YES programme, youths have gone on to earn college Degrees, Masters and PhDs and have gained permanent employment within various ministries of the government.
The twelve (12) persons set to join the RSVG Police Force Band through the YES programme will commence their tour of duty on February 1st 2018.