The Passing out Parade of Course 34 of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force on Friday, February 26, 2016, has ushered in an unprecedented opportunity for Special Police Constables within the Saint Lucia Police Force to advance to full–fledged Police Officers.
In the past the progression from Special Police Constables (SPCs) to appointed Police Officers of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force was not readily available.
Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, Senator the Honourable Victor Philip La Corbiniere indicated how pleased he was to see this change come into fruition.
“I am particularly happy to see this graduating class because somewhere in the region of four years ago when I came into office, I thought to introduce the idea of Special Police Constables being able to move from that point of their career into the regular Police Force. Of course, all of you would know that as Special Police Constables you have in fact done everything that you do in policing.”
The Minister noted that the duties, experience and exposure of Special Police Constables are in essence similar to that of regular Police Officers.
“And so in my mind, there had to be an opportunity to be able to afford some transition into regular policing.”
The newly trained Police Constables will deploy throughout the island. The Minister also emphasized that the balance between experience and academic qualifications must always be maintained. He said experience has to count in the way such opportunities were being rated.
Forty-one (41) officers graduated and launched a new page in their new careers on Monday, February 29, 2016. (ENDS).