The annual event is held to recognise officers within the Division B of the force, who would have excelled by going beyond the call of duty, in performing their functions and executing their responsibilities. The ceremony is into its fourth year.
An officer from each of the five policing districts in the Division will be nominated, and from those five, one would be nominated for the award of Officer of the Year for the Division, during the ceremony to be held on Saturday the 15th of March at the Garvey’s Estate Great House, Boyd’s Village.
The stations involved are located in Old Road, Sandy Point, St. Paul’s, Dieppe Bay and Tabernacle.
“It is a formal event where we invite senior government officials,” said Superintendent Cromwell Henry, who is the Commander of Division B district. Henry said that this year the event is being held under the patronage of the Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas, who is the Minister responsible for Security, and his residence is within the Division, so it is fitting to have him as the patron for the event, added Henry.
On thanking the Development Bank for sponsoring the awards ceremony and presenting the cheque on February 14, Treasurer, Sergeant Carlene Phipps, termed it a Valentine’s Day gift from the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis to the St. Christopher Division ‘B’ Strategic Planning Group.
Commander Henry said that there is a linkage between the force’s work and the development of the country.
Speaking at the simple ceremony to accept the donation from the bank, Henry opined, “If the country is not secure, then you would not have development.”
“Whatever development that there is would be destroyed by persons who are lawless, and so the police play a very important role in creating an environment that is suitable for development. Whatever investment the bank would have made within the country, the police are the ones who protect that investment and if it is destroyed then the bank loses, so I think we are inextricably bound by security and development,” stated the Commander.
Superintendent Henry, who was accompanied by Treasurer of the St. Christopher Division ‘B’ Strategic Planning Group Sergeant Carlene Phipps, received the sponsorship cheque from the Bank’s Manager for Marketing and Product Development Ms Danienne Brin.
“It is a gift from Development Bank for the police, to show them that Development Bank understands the work that they do and we are grateful,” said Ms Brin. “We marry the two, the police force for security and Development Bank for development.
“We are grateful for all the services that you offer to the Federation which directly support its development and its people, and we are happy that you are recognising your officers.”