Colin O’Brien John and Frankie Joseph are the new acting Commissioner of Police and acting Deputy Commissioner of Police in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Governor General, Sir Frederick Nathaniel Ballantyne, acting on the advice of the Police Service Commission (PSC) given with the consent of Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, has granted approval for the acting appointments effective Jan. 2, 2018 until further notice.
John has succeeded former acting Commissioner Renold Hadaway, who proceeded on pre-retirement leave on Jan. 1, 2018.
John brings tremendous experience and knowledge to the organisation which he now leads. He was enlisted in the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force in 1988. After serving the organisation for 23 years, he was transferred to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in 2011 and appointed as the Assistant Director of Public Prosecution. He served in that position until 2016 when he rejoined the Police Force at the rank of acting Deputy Commissioner of Police.
Throughout his policing career, John attended several training courses and worked in different departments including Beat and Patrol, the Immigration Department, Police Canteen, Police Training School, the Criminal Investigations Department, several Out-Stations and the Narcotics Section.
John was awarded an LLB (Hons.) Degree in Law from the University of Wales on Feb. 27, 2009. Prior to receiving this award, he was awarded the Holborn College Prize in 2008. He was called to the Bar in SVG in October 2010, and in London on July 22, 2016.
John also represented the Government of SVG at the 12th Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas (Preparatory Meeting) in Trinidad and Tobago in April and October 2016.
He was previously appointed to act in the position of Commissioner of Police from Sept. 4 to Oct. 31, 2017, as a consequence of the absence of the acting police chief, who was on vacation leave.
Meanwhile, Joseph, a veteran police officer, was enlisted in the Police Force on July 10, 1987. His previous postings included Immigration Department and the Police Training School.
In 2005, he pursued studies at the University of Buckinghamshire in England. He graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminological Psychology. Upon his return from studies, he was appointed to the post of acting Director of National Commission on Crime Prevention (NCCP).
He was later reassigned to the Police Department and on Nov. 20, 2012, and was appointed to the post of Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Crimes.
The acting Deputy Commissioner of Police recently served as the Ground Commander of the Regional Security System (RSS) Forces who were performing humanitarian security duties in Dominica.
The members of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police and its Auxiliary Forces congratulates Acting Commissioner Colin John and Acting Deputy Commissioner Frankie Joseph on their new appointments and; thank Former Acting Commissioner of Police Mr. Renold Hadaway for his service and sterling contribution to the Police Force and St. Vincent and the Grenadines as a whole.