Remembering retired Police OfficerRetired Police Officers could very well find themselves associated with a group.
This was hinted by Commissioner of Police, Willan Thompson during a retirement ceremony for two senior Police Officers who have together given 70 years of service to the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF).
Inspector Eustace St. Bernard and Corporal Pauline Stewart retired from RGPF after serving the country with distinction.
Commissioner Thompson said efforts are being made to re-establish the ex-Police Officers Association as a means of ensuring that all of the retired Police Officers are kept together.
He felt that by so doing, the RGPF can relate to those Officers as serving Officers.
Apart from the retirement of Police Commissioners Winston James in 2008 and James Clarkson last year, a number of senior Police Officers have recently said farewell to the RGPF.
They include Deputy Commissioner of Police, Raymond Charles, and Superintendents Roy Raymond and Rodney Baptiste.
The Police Commissioner also saw the need for the retired Police Officers to have a peace of mind.
He said he has already conducted talks with Police Officers of the New York City Police Department to seek training for a person to become a counselor for the local police force.
Commissioner Thompson stressed the need to prepare Police Officers for retirement by counseling them.
“I challenge us all, though we do not yet have a counselor, we have to start thinking seriously about retirement, because if we do not prepare ourselves for retirement, we will find that it comes upon us as a thief in the night,” he said.