School security officers sworn in
Thursday, April 4, 2019
by Anicia Antoine, GIS
THE SPECIAL POLICE CONSTABLES TOOK AN OATH TO SERVE AND PROTECT WITHIN THE SCHOOL COMPOUND.

The Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations in collaboration with the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, recently hosted an official swearing-in ceremony for school security officers.

The officers took an oath to serve as special police constables, and to serve and protect within the school compound. Approximately 25 officers underwent training last year, and have officially been given the powers of arrest.

Michelle Charles, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations explained that the initiative is of great benefit to both the Ministry of Education and the now Special Police Constables.

“We realize of late that our schools are being targeted, and there have been a number of thefts and also some of our officers have been critically injured on the job. It is paramount to provide our officers with the kind of training that will allow them to perform their jobs effectively, also to allow them to protect themselves and school property, we know that this is the very first instance, this is the first cohort of officers that have been trained to that level, we are very proud of them and we are hoping to continue the training for them in order to better enhance their skills to allow them to function on the job.”

The Commissioner of Police, Severin Moncherry, encouraged the officers to take their duties seriously.

“You must always be professional in all that you do, and in enforcing the law you must act without favor, fear, or prejudice,” Commissioner Moncherry said.

The ceremony took place on March 28.