History was created at the Regional Police Training Centre yesterday when, for the first time in its 59-year history, one recruit walked away with all of the prizes at its passing-out parade.
Police Constable 2127 Eleazar Williams, who holds a Bachelor’s in finance and banking from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, and was employed at the First Citizens Bank, came out ahead of the other 38 participants in every area of the six-month training course.
Speaking to members of the Press shortly after being adjudged Best Recruit of the 138th training course, the 24-year-old constable said: “It is an honour to be awarded the Baton Of Honour. I achieved this honour with God’s help and the support of many persons.
“I cannot say I was always interested in becoming a police officer. However, when I first came to the course on the Saturday and Sunday and I experienced what it was to be part of this institution, I recognised that this was the career
I wanted to pursue.”
Williams said that when he learnt he had come out ahead of the class, he took it with a measure of humility, because
he did not believe he would be part of this historic occasion.
Responding to a query on his upbringing at a time when many young people were being born into dysfunctional familes and displaying antisocial behaviour in their adolescent years, Williams said: “I was raised by my mother and my father. My grandmother and my sister were also there. My mother is a believer in God; so is my father; and I am also. My mother raised me from young to have faith in God, and that is what carried me through the past six months.”
And, in his presentation, Acting Commissioner of Police Oral Williams gave Barbadians the assurance Government had a strategy in place to deal with the flow of illegal fireams into the island. Williams told the gathering, which included Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite and Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock, QC, that Government had acquired existing technology to assist in arresting those involved in gun crime.
He said the Royal Barbados Police Force would soon partner with a local organization to roll out a programme that facilitates the DNA marking of property. The senior police officer encouraged members of the public to make use of this technology when it comes on stream.