The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force has 34 new officers following the 41st graduation ceremony of Course #42, on December 18.
The new class, which consisted of 25 officers from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, eight from St. Kitts and Nevis and one from Anguilla, was led by Best Recruit No. 914 Constable Wendel Edwards, a native of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Edwards was also awarded the Baton of Honour and the Prime Minister’s Plaque.
One of two females in Course 42, No. 836 Woman Police Constable Keiran Battice, was adjudged Best at Kit and Turn Out. The other female officer in the graduating class was No. 890 Woman Constable Shyan Williams.
The Most Disciplined award went to No. 913 Constable Daniel Dennie and the awards for Best at Police Subjects, Best Results in Final Exams and Best at Criminal Law went to No. 911 Constable Kevin Davis.
Other awardees were Best at Drills No. 903 Constable Colin Cupid; Most Consistent No. 909 Jamal Edwards; Best at Pistol Shooting No. 902 Omara John Best at General Studies No. 922 and best at Self Defence and Most Improved No. 55 Constable Davin Hodge.
No. 922 Constable Asroy Baptiste won the awards of Best at General Duties; No. 901 Constable Calvert Francis won Best at Rifle Shooting and Best at Weapon Training and No. 906 Constable Zavel Edwards won the award for Best at Evidence and Procedure.
The officers were reminded by the Senior Minister in the federal government Hon. Vance Amory, who was sitting in for Prime Minister Hon. Timothy Harris, to abide by the Police Force’s mission statement which advocates for integrity and impartiality.
His words were echoed by the Acting Commissioner of Police Hilroy Brandy.
The new recruits are seen as welcomed additions to the Police Force, especially in light of allegations of resources being stretched thinly.