Fourteen officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), who contributed a total of 561 years and seven months between them, have said goodbye to the service.
The former officers, some of who contributed as many as 44 years, were honoured in a special way at the Bridgetown Division of the RBPF retirement function, held at Solidarity House last night.
Delivering the feature address, Acting Attorney General Michael Lashley commended the retirees for their respective contributions to the work of the Force.
He wished them a long, healthy and productive retirement, while saying that he hoped their years to come would be filled with joys of those endeavours they always wanted to undertake, but could not because of the rigors of the profession.
“I express my appreciation to each of you for the committed contribution which you have made towards citizen security and by extension, the preservation of our national stability,” Lashley said.
Meanwhile, Acting Deputy Commissioner Oral Williams lamented that their retirement meant that the force had lost skilled, knowledgeable and experienced individuals.
However, Williams told the retirees that while they would be leaving friends and colleagues with whom they had an excellent working relationship “they will call on you for guidance and I am beseeching you not to turn them away”.
“The force will not turn its back on you,” Williams said.
“For those of you continuing the challenge, I urge you to embrace these retirees and give them any support you can give as an individual or as an organization.
“They have done their time, they have given entire careers, placed their lives on the line and giving up spending quality time with loved ones to ensure the security and safety of our nation,” the Assistant Commissioner added.
The retirees included Assistant Superintendent 510 V. Wiltshire, Inspector 442 R. Lashley, Inspector 677 C. Lashley, Sergeant 7 Jones, Sergeant 579 R. Jordan and Sergeant 774 C. Stuart. (AH)