The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) is the recipient of a new vehicle from the Government of the United States of America to assist with its operations.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (CoP), Frank Redhead accepted the keys last Friday for a brand new Toyota Hilux from United States Federal Agent, Shaun Ziadie at Police Headquarters, Fort George, St. George’s.
In making the presentation on behalf of his government, Ziadie said the donation can best be described as a fruit resulting from the great partnership shared between the US Government and Grenada.
“There are a lot of things that goes on within this region that Grenada and the US work together to combat (such as) drug trafficking and terrorist activities…so this vehicle is to assist the police in doing their job,” he remarked.
“God bless all police officers in Grenada,” he said as he also expressed hope that “all who would be transported in the vehicle would be safe.”
At the time of the presentation Deputy CoP Redhead could not indicate which department of the police force would utilise the vehicle but gave assurance that “it would be put to good use.”
Deputy CoP Redhead referred to the donated gift as a “worthwhile intervention” by the US Government, which will “add to our fleets in terms of providing the requisite mobility to conduct operations.”
He noted that RGPF and the US Government have collaborated in the past, adding that “it is expected that we will continue to collaborate with them in the future.“
Grenada is the only English-speaking Caribbean island where the United States have sent in military troops to help restore democratic rule of law following the 1983 bloodbath at Fort George on October 19, 1983 in which leftist leader, Maurice Bishop was killed.
Seventeen former government and military officers including General Hudson Austin and ex-deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard received lengthy prison sentence for the death of Bishop, three Cabinet colleagues and several others at the height of a struggle for control of the then ruling New Jewel Movement (NJM).