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Passing Out Parade of Police Recruits Course 46 Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force

Published 14 February 2024

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Feature Address by Prime Minister and Minister of National Security
The Honourable Dr. Terrance Drew
Passing Out Parade of Police Recruits Course 46
Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force

Today marks a significant milestone in the annals of our nation’s security history—the 43rd Passing Out Parade of Police Recruits, Course 46 of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force. It is with profound honour and immense pride that I stand before you to address this distinguished gathering as the Minister of National Security.

To the courageous men and women of Course 46, I extend my heartfelt congratulations on your remarkable achievement. Your unwavering commitment, discipline, and dedication have brought you to this pivotal juncture – a moment that not only signifies just the culmination of your rigorous training but also the commencement of your noble journey as Police Officers, working to safeguard our beloved nation.

I am deeply pleased with what I see here with this particular set of recruits. It is noteworthy and commendable that the majority of the officers in Course 46 are women; 16 women are officially joining the ranks alongside 10 male counterparts. This gender composition is unprecedented and represents a significant stride toward gender parity and diversity within law enforcement.

The substantial number of women not only underscores the inclusive nature of our Police Force but also reflects the growing recognition of the invaluable contributions that women bring to the field of policing. This historic achievement speaks volumes about the progressive mindset and forward-thinking approach of our nation in embracing diversity and empowering women to excel in roles traditionally dominated by men.

I, therefore, salute all our recruits and further salute all the women of this particular group. Put your hands together for them.

Recruits, as you stand on the cusp of assuming your responsibilities as enforcers of law and order and guardians of the people, I urge you to embrace and embody the core values of integrity, professionalism, and compassion that embody the very essence of policing. Remember, you are entrusted with the sacred duty of pursuing justice, protecting the innocent, and serving our communities with honour and dignity.

In today’s ever-evolving world filled with challenges and threats, the role of law enforcement is more critical than ever before to our success and development as a sovereign nation. From combating crime and violence to ensuring public safety and security, the demands placed upon our Police Force are manifold and diverse.

A Police Officer’s duties extend beyond law enforcement. They encompass community engagement and outreach, and bridge-building initiatives aimed at fostering trust and cooperation between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.

You are beacons of hope, agents of positive change, guardians of peace, and advocates for progress. Your ability to empathize, communicate effectively, and mediate conflicts must at all times reflect a deep sense of duty and responsibility toward building a more inclusive and harmonious society.

In embracing your multifaceted role, you exemplify the noblest ideals of national service, standing as pillars of strength and solidarity in times of adversity and uncertainty. With your training, resilience, and spirit of service, you are well-equipped to confront these challenges head-on and emerge victorious.

I also commend the families and loved ones who have stood by your side, offering unwavering support and encouragement throughout your journey. Their sacrifices and steadfastness have undoubtedly played and will continue to play a pivotal role in shaping your success, and for that, they deserve our deepest gratitude and appreciation. Let’s give them a round of applause. Thank you very much!

Officers, as you embark on this noble calling, always remember the oath you have sworn, as was said by the Commissioner. The oath to uphold the law without fear or favour, to protect the vulnerable, and to strive for justice and equality for all. Let your actions be guided by principles of fairness, empathy, and respect for human rights, knowing that the trust and confidence of our communities, and the communities you serve, are your most precious assets.

In closing, let me say this, I had the opportunity to meet all of you at the beginning of your course. Something that is not normally done by the Minister of National Security, but I thought that it was important for me to visit you at your training site to encourage you, and in some way help to push you through the difficulties that I know you would face, and that you would come out victorious. Today a large percentage of you have graduated, and for that, I am immensely pleased. Put your hands together once again for all of them.

And further, as Minister of National Security and your Prime Minister, let me reiterate my heartfelt congratulations to all the graduates of Course 46. May your endeavours be crowned with success. Serve your country with distinction and become beacons of hope and inspiration for generations to come.

In other words, help us to build the sustainable island state that we all aspire to.

Thank you, and may God bless you all.

May God bless the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force.

May God bless our beloved nation.

Thank you very much.

The Prime Minister’s speech can be heard from1:31:11 in the following link

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