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PC 841 Josh Hamilton ready to serve

PC 841 Josh Hamilton ready to serve

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If the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force wants to continue to be seen as a leading organisation in this country, then police officers will have to possess qualities similar to those of Police Constable 841 Josh Hamilton.{{more}}

At the 30th passing out parade of recruits held on Thursday, June 2, at the Old Montrose Police Station, Hamilton was head and shoulders above 53 other graduates and walked away with almost all of the awards given out on that day, including: Best Recruit; Best at Drills; Best at Physical Training; Best at Psychology; and Best at Multi-disciplined Subjects. He was also awarded the Dr. Cecil Cyrus Trophy, the Baton of Honour and Commissioner’s Trophy.

An elated Hamilton told SEARCHLIGHT that Thursday’s graduation was just one of his many dreams that has been accomplished thus far. The Barrouallie resident said he plans to take his career seriously and strive for the best. “I set goals before training school and I achieved one of them today…I now have to work harder to serve my country,” he said.

Also making his presence felt was PC 733 Rohan Holder. Holder nabbed awards for: Best at Police Duty Subjects; Best at Effective Communication and he also received the Chief Instructor’s award for placing third on Course 30.

PC 843 Julanie Jack received the Commandant’s award for placing second on Course 30 and was adjudged Best at Research Methods.

Carlos Cruickshank, PC 834, secured two awards for being Best at Rifle Shot and Best at Military Subjects.

Other awards went to PC 347 Afeno Haynes for being the Most Disciplined recruit and being best at Sociology; PC 165 Sunil Barker was Best at Self Defense; Most Improved recruit went to PC 166 Indira Cato; PC 343 Delwyn Delpesche was adjudged the Best Turned Out recruit; Best at Evidence Procedure went to PC 731 Eugene Henry and PC 838 Shefika Diamond was the Best at Pistol Shot.

Delivering the commandant’s address and giving a brief overview of Course 30, Assistant Superintendent of Police Elton Jackson said the recruits were trained in a number of subjects including: rule of police powers, report writing, courts and evidence procedure, traffic investigations and statement taking, among others.

Jackson observed that since the course began on October 30, 2010, it had been a learning experience, not only for the recruits, but also for the instructors. Jackson beseeched the new police officers to lead by example if they want to have a great career. “You must lift and maintain high standards; grasp every opportunity for self-development so that you can better serve,” Jackson urged.

Delivering the valedictory speech, PC 733 Rohan Holder made it clear that training school was no bed of roses. He recalled the early mornings and the rigorous drills that they all encountered.

According to Holder, they

still managed to find time for a bit of fun by playing cricket. “…We are on our way to becoming great police officers. We

have been given a golden opportunity to serve the people of this country. lt’s not just do it because its our job, but let us do it, because we love it and are proud to serve our country,” Holder added.

Commissioner of Police Keith Miller and LIME’s country manager Angus Steel also delivered remarks at the ceremony.