Three stalwarts, with One Hundred and Twenty-two combined unbroken years of service, walked gracefully through the Halls of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda in a farewell pre-retirement ceremony on Tuesday.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr Ivor David, Assistant Commissioner of Police Mr McLean Hunte and Assistant Superintendent of Police Mr Conrad Kellman bade farewells to their colleagues in a ceremony held at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.
In attendance was Commissioner of Police, Mr Wendel Robinson and several other senior officers, along with family members and well-wishers of the retirees. The ceremony got well on the way around 2:30 pm with a poem, “You’re a Policeman” read by Inspector Frankie Thomas. Prayer was said by Superintendent of Police, Mr Everton Jeffers.
Commissioner Robinson, in his remarks thanked the men for their loyalty, devotion and dedication to the organization, and by extension the nation of Antigua and Barbuda.
He wished them well on their retirement, and at the same time thanked their families for the many sacrifices made, while the men gave yeoman service to humanity.
He further used the opportunity to chide other officers present to emulate the outgoing stalwarts, and to keep their integrity intact. Several other officers also spoke on behalf of the retirees, to included Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr Joseph Hughes. He shared many memorable moments working with his colleagues and equally thanked them for their services rendered to the organization.
In response, Deputy Commissioner David spoke of the three foundation pillars on which he built his career in the police force. He said “Knowledge, Courage and Integrity,” are what kept him going.
He encouraged his colleagues do everything in their power to increase their knowledge, and to have enough courage to call wrong “Wrong” and right “Right,” and to let integrity be their daily guide. Both Assistant Commissioner Hunte and Assistant Superintendent Kellman echoed similar Sentiments in their response.
Mr Hunte, in his reflective remarks spoke of the times spent in the Traffic Department, where worked for twenty-two years. Kellman, on the other hand thanked his family and colleagues for the support he received during his career.
They were presented with Plaques and fruit baskets as token of appreciation, while their families were presented with floral bouquets. All three officers would have had the opportunity to work in almost every area of the organization, and under the command of all the Commissioners of Police, from Sir Wright F. George to present.
Both Deputy Commissioner David and Assistant Superintendent Kellman will be officially retired, in September 2017 with Forty-one years of service respectively.
Assistant Commissioner Hunte will retire in November of this year with forty years of service.
Commissioner of Police, Wendel Robinson and the entire rank and file of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda, proudly salutes the work of these officers, and wishes them well in their retirement.
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