On Saturday the 11th of February 2012 the Royal Grenada Police Force, led by its Community Relations Department, organized an afternoon of live cultural entertainment and antique exhibition at the Belle View Playing Field, in St. David’s.
The event was organized in an effort to mend, or heal the apparent broken relationship that ensued, subsequently, to the recent tension which developed between the Police and the Residence of St. David’s. The activity will serve as a precursor to an intended village walk through which the Commissioner of Police will be embarking upon on Saturday the 25th of February 2012.
The occasion lent itself for a neutral atmosphere which was conducive for the residence of St. David’s to engage in a moment of social interaction with most of the Senior Officers within the Royal Grenada Police Force.
Head of the Community Relations Department (R.G.P.F) Superintendent Dunbar Belfon briefly addressed the gathering; commenting on the importance of a positive and healthy relationship between the Community and the Police. ASP Mc Guillivary, as Officer Second in charge of the Eastern Division also spoke of the Police continued commitment to work closely with the Community of St. David’s. Also making remarks was Father Gerald Paul on behalf of the Community/Residence of St. David’s who welcome these type of initiatives from the Police.
The afternoon was a family fun filled one which was punctuated with a number of cultural performances by the Royal Grenada Police Force Band, Calypsonians such as ACP Roberts a.k.a. “Wet Paint,” Inspector Raymond Matthew a.k.a. “Beast,” “Koro,” “Fat Man” George –Comedian/Artist, Coconut Man-Artist, Members from the Trinity Gospel Band- of Grenville, St. Andrew, Members from the Faith Pentecostal Tabernacle Gospel Group-from Pomme Rose St. David’s, Father Gerald Paul and some of his Congregants of the St. David Roman Catholic Church, Maypole Dancer from Windsor Forest St. David’s, the Young Leaders Group from the St. David’s R.C. Secondary School, among others.
The activity also aroused interest with an Oil down Cook up Competition; that competition saw two teams contending for the top honor- the Faith Pentecostal Tabernacle and the St. David’s Roman Catholic Church. The later was judged the first runner up by the panel of three Judges, and the Faith Tabernacle placed first. The judges of this competition were Mr. Joseph Ragbesingh, W/Corporal Valerie Dumont and Mrs. Christiana Lasinton. Commissioner Wilan Thompson was instrumental in distributing the monetary prizes given to the winners.
Also complementing the afternoon of activities was an antiquity exhibition which sought to provoke a bit of nostalgia among attendees. The exhibition showcased household items and industrial artifacts that were commonly in use by our Parent, Grandparents and Great Grand Parents.
The Maypole Dancers from Windsor Forest also added a bit of intrigue to the event as they performed a traditional dance around the maypole holding on to strings of various colors-it was a sight to see as the children danced.
The evening was an exciting and refreshing experience for all who attended and persons expressed the sentiments that the activity should be an annual one.
A big thanks to the Residents of the community of St. David’s for showing up at the event. Thanks to the different Church and Community groups who participated such as the Faith Pentecostal Tabernacle, the St. David’s Roman Catholic Church, the Trinity Gospel Band Team, the Beaton New Testament Church Pastor and Members, the Young Leader Group at St. David’s R.C. Secondary School, Mr. Rome of St. Andrew for the usage of Antiquities, the Windsor Forest Maypole Dancers, the Royal Grenada Police Force Band, the different Artists and performers such as the Raymond Matthew ‘Beast’, ‘the Wet Paint’ ACP Smith Roberts, the Koro, the Coconut Man, Fat Man George, Father Gerald Paul and others. A special thanks goes out to the Commissioner of Police; Mr. Wilan Thompson for appearing and distributing the winning prizes, the all of the Senior Ranks who showed their presence; ACP Roberts, Supt. Martin, Supt. Belfon, ASP Bridgeman, ASP Mc Guillivary, Insp. Matthew, Insp. Kingston, and others.
Profound thanks is also extended to all of our cooperate sponsors; Mr. Phillip Mc Queen of Crochu Gas Station, Mr. mike Meranshi of Lasagesse Nature Centre, the management of the Wester Hall Supermarket and Bakery, the Management of Wester Hall Estate Rum Distillery, the Management of Waggie T Rental Company, the Officer and Members of the Royal Grenada Police Force Band, Mr. Tolsie Ram of Ram’s Poultry, and the Management of the Grenada Marine Yacht Services Corinth St. David’s. We truly appreciated your input towards this initiative; it surely bears testimony of your confidence in team R.G.P.F. and your commitment to ensure that a peaceful and stable society is maintained. Thanks.