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Vincentian Devon Bute has been elected general secretary of the Caribbean Federation of Police Welfare Associations (CFPWA).

The CFPWA is a non-profit organisation established in The Bahamas in May 2007 through a memorandum of understanding signed by nine countries, namely Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas and Dominica.

Other countries, namely, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Turks and Caicos Islands, and British Virgin Islands later joined the federation.

The CFPWA held its 7th annual general meeting from May 22 to 24 in the Turks and Caicos Islands under the theme, “Fusing Ideas to Promote Standards and Unity in Regional Law Enforcement”.

Items on the agenda included police officers working with disabilities, occupational health and safety in the workplace, and standardisation of hours of work across the region.

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On the final day of the conference, election was held and a new executive was elected.

Executive Members

President              –        Anand Ramesar                       –        Trinidad & Tobago

Vice President       –        Mervin Grace                          –        Barbados

1st Vice President  –        Sonny Miller                                    –       Bahamas

General Secretary –         Devon Bute                             –        St. Vincent

Ass. General Secretary    Kaudina Douglas – Mc Lean      –        Grenada

Treasurer              –        Curtis Roberts                         –        St. Lucia

Ass. Treasurer       –        Travis Chicot                          –        St. Lucia

Public Relations Officer   Sean Mc Call                           –        BVI

Protocol Officer     –        M. Simon Douglas                    –        Grenada

Trustee                 –        Karren Seaford                        –        Guyana

Trustee                 –        Raymond Thom                       –        Trinidad & Tobago

The group extended appreciation for the service of outgoing president, Brenton Smith of ST. Vincent and the Grenadines and wished him all the best in his future endeavours.