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RSVGPF Coastguard recognises Commander Tyrone James

RSVGPF Coastguard recognises Commander Tyrone James

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The Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force Coastguard has recognized Commander Tyrone James, who has proceeded on pre-retirement leave for his contribution to the development of the organization.{{more}}

On April 3, at a ceremony held at the Calliaqua Coastguard Base, Acting Commander of the Coastguard, Brenton Cain, presented Commander James, the Coastguard’s second Vincentian commander, with a plaque and thanked him for serving St Vincent and the Grenadines with distinction.

Acting Commander Cain lauded Commander James and former Coastguard Commander, David Robin, for laying the foundation at the Coastguard “that has made life easier for those serving the organization at the present moment.”

“Commander James has made a tremendous contribution to the development of the Coastguard. He was responsible for putting most of the systems in place that we are using,” said Ag. Commander Cain.

Commander James took the helm of the Coastguard in October 2005, until his secondment to the Regional Security System (RSS) in 2007. He returned to the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force in January 2013, where he served as the Director of Training until March 31, 2013.

Commander James, delivering brief remarks, expressed thanks to the Coastguard for remembering him. He also pointed out the importance of recognizing people for the contribution that they have made.

“I am hoping that other persons will be recognized….I hope you all achieve your wishes and your dreams,” said Commander James.

He is credited with introducing a number of programmes, among them the Youth Development Summer Programme and the Basic Seamanship Course, as part of the Coastguard’s strategic approach.

The Youth Development Programme became reality in 1994. It also helps to guide young people to choose a career either in the Coastguard Service/Police Force, Marine Environment, Fisheries Department, Child Psychology and Solid Waste Management. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the programme.

And, on January 19, 2006, the first Basic Seamanship Course, another of Commander James’ ideas, was held in St Vincent and the Grenadines for the first time. The programme was approved by the Regional Security System, which normally conducts the Basic Seamanship Course in Antigua and Barbuda. There were 11 participants.

The Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force wishes Commander James the best in his future endeavours. (Police Public Relations)

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