The 7th annual police retirement and award ceremony saw Police Constable #376 Michael Charles of Grenville Police Station emerging as Policeman of the year and woman Sergeant Dianne Dumont of Central Police Station as Policewoman of the year.
The ceremony which said goodbye to 27 police officers – both men and women – took place at the Grenada Trade Centre on December 19 under the theme, “Retirement…the end of one legacy; the beginning of another.”
Among the persons in attendance were several high-ranking officers within the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) including Acting Commissioner of Police, Winston James and Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Michael Francois.
“I feel very proud and delighted of winning this award, Woman Police of the year 2015 and I think my hard work, dedication and professionalism and my passion for community policing that made me be the finalist for woman police of the year,” said Police woman of the year, W/Sgt Dianne Dumont, as she spoke to reporters after the ceremony.
In delivering the Commissioner’s remarks, ACP Francois said the ceremony that was held marked the ending of one legacy of service and one that was very fitting to encourage excellent performance from upcoming officers.
“These officers have given altogether in excess of 400 years of service to the RGPF and the Grenadian public…this should be a catalyst to encourage all officers to aim for the top and should encourage all officers to continue to work hard and to steer the course,” he remarked.
The categories of personal recognition, welfare awards, general awards, department awards, department officer award, divisional station award, divisional officer award, most outstanding department award, most outstanding division award and major awards were highlighted at the ceremony.
Under the department awards, the RGPF band received Support Department Award, Operational Department award went to Immigration Department, Investigative Department went to the Drug Squad and Administrative Department went to the Community Relations Department.
Divisional Station Award in Central division went to Central police Station, Gouyave was recognised for the Western Division and the Eastern Division went to St. David’s Police Station.
The Most Outstanding Department award went to Drug Squad while Most Outstanding Division went to the Central Division.
Under major awards, W/Sgt #91 Dianne Dumont of Central Police Station received the Community Policing Award.
The Community Policing Department went to Victoria Police Station and the Most Protective Department against crime went to Drug Squad, while Sportswoman of the year went to W/PC #30 Arsher Wellington of the Traffic Department and P/C #868 Michael Redhead of the Immigration Department received Sportsman of the year.