Commissioner of Police Colin John has issued a reminder, that officers, within the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) should be assertive not aggressive when dealing with members of the public.
Commissioner John was speaking at the 40th passing out parade of new police recruits.
The Commissioner of Police also urged officers to be respectful during their interactions with the public.
“As police officers we have to be assertive, yet, not aggressive. You have to know your job, if you know your job, then you would not have to quake or cower when some says ‘well I am going to call my lawyer’, often times when they tell me ‘I’m going to call my lawyer’ I say well, you can call ten, because I know that I am on the right footing, and I know regardless to who you call, it’s not going to change anything,” John said.
He also called on officers of the RSVGPF to be respect to the public, reminding them that they are the ones that are responsible for their salaries.
“You also have to be respectful to persons. The citizens, they are paying you, and you have to, at all times, deliver a professional product to the public,” he stated.
The batch of recruits for the 40th passing out parade is largest to date by far, according to Commissioner John, with a total of 113 recruits taking the Oath of Office as Police Officers.