Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, asserting that ‘thank you’ are two important words which are seldom used today, expressed gratitude to City Constables for accepting the challenge to protect, serve and give back to the community.
“Thank you for being the first batch of recruits of the revamped City Police,” Francis told some 23 City Constables at the start today of a one-month City Constabulary course being conducted at the Police Training Academy at La Toc.
The Mayor expressed his thanks to the constables for the role they have played in maintaining law and order in Castries and protecting visitors and residents.
“It is not often that we hear those gracious words of gratitude expressed, but it is important that I start on this note because yours is a call to service – a call of sacrifice; a call to make a significant contribution to the social and economic fabric of out City and our country by extension,” Francis observed.
He told the course participants that the weeks ahead will test their mettle.
“Over the period of training there will be times when you will question whether this is your true calling, but there is value in that kind of introspection,” Francis stated.
He declared that out of the process of introspection the participants will come to appreciate their call to service and the demands of the task at hand.
The Mayor called on the City Constables to make the most of the opportunity.
(Mayor Peterson Francis as he addressed today’s ceremony)
“There are many young people out there who envy your position – this City, our country, is depending on you,” Francis declared.
“Yours is no easy task, as regrettably some bad habits have taken route in our society and now you are being called upon to uproot these bad habits and to inculcate new ones that are beneficial to our society,” the Mayor said.
He thanked the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force for partnering with the Castries Constituencies Council (CCC) on the training initiative to prepare a cadre of professionally trained City Police Officers.
Francis said the collaboration was evidence of what is possible when agencies come together to fulfill a common vision and complement each other in fulfilling a greater mandate.