Anthony Boatswain says a herb research centre will benefit the country close to one hundred police officers were recognized last week Saturday night for excellent performances as members of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF).
The major awards were taken by officers attached to the
Investigative Arms of the force like the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Drug Squad.
The officers were recognised during the Fifth annual awards and retirement ceremony of RGPF held at the Grenada Trade Center, Grand Anse, St. George’s.
Detective Sergeant Linford Cummings was adjudged the 2013 Policeman of the year for his fight against illegal drugs.
Sgt. Cummings who enlisted in the force on October 14, 1985 and has been with the Drug Squad for the last ten years, is the officer who commands the operations and strike teams within the unit.
He was also recognised for being the Most Outstanding Officer of the Drug Squad.
Woman Detective Constable, Nancy Joseph received the award for Policewoman of the Year.
Joseph who enlisted in RGPF on May 29, 2006, is currently working at the CID as the Records Clerk.
She reportedly solved 59 of the 88 crimes with which she was asked to investigate.
Joseph was also awarded for being the Most Outstanding Officer from the CID.
The award for Bravery went to Woman Corporal Portia Nicholas.
It was reported that the female officer while traveling on a bus in the Carenage area and dressed in her Immigration Uniform, noticed a man brandishing a screwdriver on a boat and was in the process of approaching another person in a menacing manner.
Cpl. Nicholas dropped off the bus, went on the boat and took control of the situation by disarming the man with the dangerous item.
During the night, the CID and Drug squad were identified as the most proactive department in the fight against crime.
The Drug Squad confiscated ninety percent of the 3,185 pounds of marijuana seized on the island, carrying a street value of $7,224,940.80.
As its name suggests, the Rapid Response Unit (RRU) got the award for Speed of Response.
Ten special awards provided by Martin Bedeau, Manager of the Grenada Trades Centre were distributed to senior ranks of the RGPF.
Those awarded were Superintendent of Police, Reuben Maitland – Officer-in-Charge of the Eastern Division, Supt. Trevor Modeste – Officer-in-Charge of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Criminal Records Office (CRD), Supt. Floyd Dragon – Officer-in-Charge of Central Division, Supt. John Mitchell – Officer-in-Charge of Fire Department, Supt. Jessmon Prince – Officer-in-Charge of Immigration Department, Supt. Arthur Renaud – Officer-in-Charge of Western Division, Supt. Sebastian Mitchell – Officer-in-Charge of Northern Division, and Supt. Rodriquez James – Officer-in-Charge of the Drug Squad.
The others are Assistant Superintendent of Police, Terrence Noel – Officer-in-Charge of the Special Services Unit, and Inspector Brian Hurst – Officer-in-Charge of the Police Band.
Awards were also given to several Officers for outstanding performances at various police stations across the island.
The outstanding Officer from the Grenada Coast Guard was Constable Innocent Lisamar, from the SSU is Sergeant Carlyle Julien, Woman Constable Lilian Thorne from the Western Division, Constable Finbar King from the Central Division, Woman Constable Nancy Joseph from the Eastern Division, and from the Northern Division, Constable Derron Phillip.
Also recognised were Woman Police Officer, Jody Hinds attached to the Immigration Department, Constable Denielle Antoine, from the Rapid Response Unit, Port Police Station (Constable Derick Modeste), as well as Constable Rein Brizan from the Traffic Department, Fire Department, Constable Neilon Antoine, Constable Carvon Wickham from the Licensing Department, and Corporal Mike Modeste for his efforts in Community Policing.
The most outstanding officer within the Grand Roy Police Station was identified as Constable Kin Bowen, Woman Constable Nathalie Jeffrey for the Gouyave Police Station, from the Victoria Police Station, Constable Osron St. Claire, Constable Leon Felix from the Union Police Station, Constable Nylon Lalite from the Sauteurs Police Station, the Hermitage Police Station is Constable Jefferson Modeste, and Corporal Raymond Thomas of Grenville Police Station.
The list is completed by Woman Constable Sharmaine Modeste from the St. David’s Police Station, Constable Dwayne Mason of Birchgrove Police Station, Constable Kingston Baptiste representing Central Police Station, Constable Kimber Coutain from St. Paul’s Police Station, Mt. Royal Police Station, the officer who excelled was Constable William Nicholas, Detective Sergeant Kendol Smith from the Criminal Records Office, Carriacou Police Station (Woman Constable Michelle Boatswain), Constable Vincent Joseph from Petite Martinique Police Station, and from South St. George Police Station is Constable Terrol Jackassal.
Awards in the area of support services were presented to Constable Vickroy Richardson of Government House, from the Community Relations Department is Corporal Emmon Duprey, Woman Constable Sherry Julien from Police Headquarters.
The award in the Police Prosecution Department went to Constable Michael Charles, as well as Rural Constable Mary Phillip and Constable Martin Bartholomew from the Police Canteen.
Also awarded were Woman Rural Constable Faye Hood from the Tailor Shop, Rural Constable Matthew Plenty (Police Store), the Police Band (Constable Alex Phillip), Woman Sergeant Michelle Bedeau of the Police Training School, Arley Alexander from the Police Garage, Corporal Archeleus Nelson from the Artisan Squad, Constable Jude James, and Constable Alex Thomas from the IT Department.
Police officers who excelled on the sporting field were also recognised for their achievements.
Among them is Woman Corporal Kathy-Ann Smith who was named as the Female Athlete of the Year, and the Male Athlete of the Year was Constable Ronald Barry.
Constable Julien Wellington was awarded for Basketball, Rolston John for soft ball cricket and Leon Chichester for hardball cricket.
In the area of football and dedicated service the award was presented to Rural Constable Sherwin Joseph, Corporal Chris Khan for Table Tennis, and in the area of Sporting Administrator, it was given to Sergeant Allan James,
Constable Rodney George was recognised for his contribution to the Police Welfare Association.
Twelve Officers who have given three hundred and sixty years of service to the RGPF were also recognised.
Among them are retired Superintendent of Police, Anthony Joseph who headed the CID for a number of years, and Godfrey Edwards.
The other retirees are Corporals Margaret Gludd, John Redhead, Vaughn James, Alvin Ince, and Steven Francis.
The list is completed by Constables Michael Francis, Henry Swan, Finbar Thompson, Frederick Blair, and Edward Gibson who is one of the five Police Officers implicated in the December 26 controversial incident involving Grenadian-born but Canadian citizen, Oscar Bartholomew at the St. David’s Police Station.
A Coroner’s inquest has been ordered by a high court judge into the incident as Bartholomew subsequently died at the St. George’s General hospital after the alleged beatings at the hands of some police officers.
Acting Commissioner of Police, Winston James described the awards and retirement ceremony as a proud and prestigious moment for members of RGPF.
Commissioner James said he believes the activity can create an environment for members of the force to showcase themselves in the various areas of discipline that would be recognised for awards.
“It would definitely challenge those who are not recognised this year to lift their level of performance to what is required for recognition and awarding, and by so doing, they will enhance the image of the Royal Grenada Police Force,” he remarked.
In congratulating the Awardees, the Acting Commissioner of Police admonished his charges to continue displaying their hard work and commitment to the job, and to continue showcasing themselves in a positive manner.
Chairman of the Police Welfare Association (PWA), Inspector Randy Connaught encouraged the Awardees to allow their success to become a way of life.
Insp. Connaught said they are now challenged to be mentors to their colleagues, and to continue in their pursuit for excellence.