KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent — The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force says it is satisfied with the level of participation of youths in its summer programmes this year.

At the closing of the Coast Guard’s annual summer programme recently, several youths received certificates, medals and awards for their achievements during the programme, which ran in three phases.

The closing heard addresses from Commissioner of Police, Keith Miller, Lt. Deon Henry, and representatives of sponsors, Bank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Sagicor.

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The Police Band’s summer programme, which is into its fourth year, was another huge success. Hundreds of youths, accompanied by their parents and guardians, joined members of the Police Band and other police personnel, including Commissioner Miller, at Old Montrose Police Station, for an impressive closing ceremony.

The exuberant participants displayed skills learnt during the five-week programme. They sang and played various musical instruments, including steel pan, much to the delight of the appreciative audience.

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Meanwhile Pan Against Crime Programmes were also conducted in Georgetown, Lowmans Windward, Stubbs, Kingstown, Questelles, Rose Bank, Canouan and Union Island.

All programmes, except Union Island, staged closing ceremonies, with impressive performances from the participants, who were encouraged to continue to develop their skills in the art.

The Union Island Steel Orchestra will have its closing ceremony on Sunday 4 and members of the Pan Against Crime Committee will attend the ceremony.