In the first year of its existence, the Sexual Offences Unit of the Royal Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force has investigated 174 cases of sexual assault, made 90 arrests, and have had two completed trials, both of which ended with convictions and custodial sentences.
The unit celebrated its first anniversary on Wednesday, under the theme “See something, know something, say something; stop all sexual abuse”.
The unit was launched on Nov. 6, 2018 with nine officers — seven females and two males.
It presently has eight officers who investigate most of the reports of sexual assault throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Apart from investigations, the Unit has embarked on an educational drive by visiting several schools and held discussions on sexual abuse with students, teachers and parents.
To commemorate its first anniversary, members of the unit and Commissioner of Police, Colin John attended a church service last Sunday at the Methodist Church Hall.
This was followed by a number of activities and lectures on sexual abuse and methods to prevent and counter sexual abuse.