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Women top police graduation
Women dominated the awards segment of the Police Service’s passing-out parade yesterday with the majority awards being given to female police constables. Even though less than half of the 153 officers who participated in the parade were women, they still managed to cop 12 out of the 15 prizes that were up from grabs with the prize for most outstanding recruit being given to WPC Corban. Corban also shared the top prize for the highest marks in the behavioural science component of the raining exercise with two other female constables. While addressing the newly-appointed officers at the function at the Police Training Academy, St James, yesterday afternoon acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams encouraged them to use their training to assist citizens. “You are highly trained to deliver excellent policing service to T&T,” Williams said.
He advised the officers to remain strong and focused and told them to live by the Police Service’s motto: “To Protect and Serve with Pride”. He noted that yesterday’s parade was the largest in some time and was part of the service’s tradition of “a large batch passing out.” Williams said while policing may be regarded as one of the most challenging professions in T&T, the service would support all of its officers. “I want to give you the clear assurance that we do in fact take care of our family,” Williams said. National Security Minister Gary Griffith, who delivered the feature address, said he was happy with the number of recruits graduating because there was an urgent need for additional officers.
He said because of the shortage, soldiers and other members of the Defence Force were required to assist in anti-crime initiatives. Griffith hoped as more officers were recruited, members of the Defence Force would be able to focus more on their duties of protecting the country’s borders. He also encouraged the officers to serve with pride and said they needed to be patriotic. He added: “Use patriotism as a precedent over anything else in your life, including loyalty to your friends. I say this because I want you to always be true to yourself and to your profession. “If you see something that is wrong, no matter who is the one who is committing the act, do not turn a blind eye to it. Act against it.” Minister of State in the National Security Ministry Embau Moheni, DCP Mervyn Richardson, Chief Fire Officer Naya Rampersad and other senior officers also attended.
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