Police officer is one of two Vincentians awarded for service to Barbados
Police Constable Devon Bute, a final year law student who is pursuing his Bachelors of Law Degree at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados was among two Vincentian students and a group of Barbadian nationals who were on October 29 recognized and awarded for their service to the Government and People of Barbados at Government Industrial School (Boys Unit) Dodds, St Phillip, Barbados.
The award is as a result of outstanding mentorship work rendered at the Boys Government Industrial School (Dodds) under the PATH (Promoting Agency, Trust and Hope) Program over the past year.
In October 2019, Bute was selected from among a list of applicants who were vying to be selected and trained as mentors. After having been successfully selected, he underwent a series of training courses which was facilitated by the Oxford Caribbean Youth Development Project to prepare him to fulfill his mentorship role.
The PATH Program is sponsored by Templeton World Charity Foundation under the auspices of Oxford University and the Coordination of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies UWI Cave Hill. The program is an initiative that provides mentoring to the boys and girls at the Dodds and past residents as well. The program in celebration of its anniversary awarded the mentors and mentees who stuck with the program and who have performed outstanding work.
Constable Bute also received an award for outstanding mentor core, record keeping certificate of recognition of service to the Government and People of Barbados. The second Vincentian student who was awarded was Zandalee Williams who is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Analytics and Marketing.
The awards ceremony heard remarks from state officials including, John King, Minister with responsibility for Culture in the Prime Minister’s Office who congratulated the awardees and thanked them for their service on behalf of the Government and People of Barbados. The keynote address was delivered by Anthony Wilshire, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
According to Constable Bute, in 2019 he consulted with a Vincentian lecturer at UWI in respect of projects that he could have meaningfully engaged in as a law student. He was directed to the PATH program which eventually suited his policing experience and course of study.
The Commissioner of Police, Colin John and the other rank and file of the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force extend congratulations to Constable Devon Bute for his outstanding mentorship work in Barbados and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.