Commissioner CG Walwyn said that he is confident that he has the requisite academic skills and experience to match the responsibilities that have been placed on his shoulders.
“Not only do I have the academic background to lead this agency, I also have the administrative capacity to lead, having served as a Texas Police Chief and Director of Surveillance of an international investigation company,” Walwyn told a large gathering during a handing over ceremony at the Warner Park Stadium on Wednesday, 31st August, 2011.
“Leaders must be dedicated and committed to the philosophies of the organization, and to operate within the established laws and codes of behaviour expected of them. Similarly, the primary obligation of leadership, especially among law enforcement agencies, is the creation of a civil and morally enabling work environment that is conducive to maximum productivity. The more aggressively a leadership group can move to establish such an environment, the easier and the faster the goals of ethical work place environment can be achieved. Professionalism will reign and corruption and other vices will be stamped out. Furthermore, it has been stated that good leaders should be able to avoid the possibility of organizational politics developing to a level that impedes the functionality and success of the environment,” said Mr. Walwyn.
“What’s more, they must have the ability to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of their subordinates. This is why institutional professionalism is only as good as the ethics and integrity of the supervisor who claim them. Therefore it would be impossible for leaders to expect subordinates to behave ethically, or for supervisors to demand integrity from their officers when said supervisors violate department policy, reveal sensitive information, and use the police force resources to pursue private interests,” he added.
“As a police officer who has worked the streets in two states, I know that there are sometimes overzealous officers who at times can step out of bounds in the performance of their duties. But I also know that there are officers who go out of their way to help citizens they come in contact with. I have heard a lot about the first group of officers, I would also like to hear about the second group of officers. I will build on the policy that investigates complaints against police officers, but I will also like to commend those officers who go beyond the call of duty in serving the public. I realize that not all persons might share this sentiment, but I believe in acknowledging those officers who have done their best to make St. Kitts and Nevis a better and safer place to live,” said the new COP.