Manager of St. Vincent Cooperative Bank Laverne Velox, donates paint to Superintendent Kenneth John, head of the Traffic Department, while Commissioner of Police Michael Charles and other officers look on.

St. Vincent Cooperative Bank, also known as “Penny Bank”, on Tuesday donated 20 gallons of paint, 10 gallons of thinners, and paintbrushes to the Traffic Department of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force to continue its road marking programme.

At a ceremony held at the financial institution, Manager of the St. Vincent Cooperative Bank Laverne Velox presented the gift to Commissioner of Police Michael Charles, who was accompanied by Assistant Commissioner of Police Frankie Joseph, head of the Traffic Department, Superintendent of Police Kenneth John, and other members of the Traffic Department.

Velox said St. Vincent Cooperative Bank has been making donations of paint to the police over the past five years and the contributions have grown from two gallons of paint to 20 gallons. She said it is a pleasure to present the yellow and white paints along with the other items, valued EC$3,000, because the Bank recognizes that the police have needs.

“We don’t want accidents to happen because people don’t know where the markings are. We want you to execute your duties in the most efficient way,” Velox said.

She said the bank’s relationship with the police in the provision of paint started five years ago when John had members of the Traffic Department paint keep clear markings just outside the bank.

John said he is grateful for the donation because it allows the team of police officers currently engaged in painting the road markings to progress seamlessly. He said the department had used up its white paint recently, so the timing of the donation is quite impeccable.

He also called on other business organizations to join the St. Vincent Cooperative Bank in supporting the police.

Meanwhile, Charles said the bank’s gesture is timely and expressed thanks to its management.

3 replies on “Police road marking to continue as bank donates paint”

  1. Carlos Walcott says:

    So the Police are in charge of painting traffic lines on public streets? And getting paint donated by a bank to do so? Is this normal? Isn’t this a public works issue? It’s Friday so maybe I’m tired and missing some key element to this story…A few gallons of paint? What are they painting? Lines on a netball court?

  2. Darrien Ollivierre says:

    I don’t know what to make of this. It’s good that some in the corporate sector can see fit to contribute towards aspects of public safety. However, a bank donating paints to do road markings seems rather peculiar. Paints, I expect, ought to be part of the Traffic Department’s annual budget. For a bank to supply these paints in thes quantities, it doesn’t convey a very positive profession image of the police to me. Perhaps it yearns for a greater legitimacy such as a clearcut partnership where the bank supplies ALL the paint need. Although, even that feels awkward.

    Funding of a road safety campaign, installing mirrors, installing safety rails in dangerous corners etc., in my opinion, will leave a much nicer taste.

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