Commander of the Central Division, Superintendent of Police of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF), Superintendent Kamecia Blake is the recipient of the prestigious 2020 “Top Caribbean Career Move Award” for Public Law Enforcement from the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP)/Amalgamated Security Service Limited (ASSL) – under the Regional Recognition Awards Programme. Blake received her award on Monday at Police Headquarters in Kingstown.
Operations Officer at ASSL (St. Vincent), former superintendent of Police, Elton Jackson congratulated Blake for winning the award.
He said that ASSL, in partnership with the ACCP, recognises to the top hardworking men and women in regional law enforcement, primarily because both entities value the tremendous contributions that these officers make to regional security.
According to Jackson, the regional award programme, acknowledges a nine outstanding police officers from member countries of the ACCP with three awarded for each of the following categories:-
1. Top Caribbean Community Policing Officer
2. Top Caribbean Crime Fighter
3. Top Caribbean Career Move
Jackson said the ASSL’s regional recognition programme was established in 2014 and many officers have benefited from the programme.
Commissioner of Police, Colin John congratulated Blake for winning the Top Caribbean Career Move 2020 Award and said he hopes that the nominees from RSVGPF for the 2022 awards would be just as successful.
John also lauded the contribution of Amalgamated Security Services Limited to regional security and the partnership it shares with the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police over the last eight years in combating transnational organised crime – not only in individual countries but, regionally and internationally.
He stated the partnership has to be harnessed and nurtured so that all parties can continue to receive mutual benefits and make the region safer for everyone. John said ASSL made a strategic decision to invest in areas that can enhance and improve the effectiveness of police officers in the region. He highlighted the Top Caribbean Career Move as one such area that has helped to boost professionalism and leadership qualities in the police forces in the region.
John said that it is his wish that Blake’s award motivate other members of the RSVGPF to further their education and professional development while on the job.
This, he said, not only allows officers to compete for available positions in the constabulary but also better prepares them for other professions if they decide to leave the police force.
In accepting her award, Blake thanked Amalgamated Security Services for the recognition, which she described as a “positive one” for the police force and was “honoured to be the face of it”.
She also thanked the police chief for nominating her to ASSL, making it possible for her to win the award.
In encouragement her colleagues, Blake said: “Use education in your day-to-day policing. It is very important. Crime is evolving, crime is changing – and we as police officers have to change as well…
“One of the ways in which we can change our methodology is by using the ‘science’ by informing ourselves and becoming more strategic.”
Blake was presented with a trophy and a symbolic cheque in the sum of US$5,000 as part of her prize.
This is the second time the RSVGPF is winning the Top Caribbean Career Move Award.
Assistant Superintendent of Police, Hawkins Nanton copped the award in 2015.