Minister Young presents newly consecrated colour to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service
Port of Spain: Minister of National Security, the Honourable Stuart R. Young M.P. is urging members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service to jealously guard the independence of their organization, to fight corruption where it may be found and to continue to conduct their duties fearlessly.
Minister Young gave the advice as he delivered the feature address when he presided over the ceremony for the consecration and presentation of Colour of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), which took place at the Police Service Training Academy in St James on Wednesday July 29, 2020.
Minister Young told the Officers that they needed to protect the independence of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. He stated that, “the consecration of the Police Service’s Colour here today, is a fitting symbol of the Organization’s independence. I ask that you do not let the symbolism of this historic milestone pass you by, as we the citizens of this country count on the men and women of the Police Service to guard your independence and to protect us from all forces that may try to bring that into question”
Minister Young continued by saying, “a big part of your mandate is to take the fight to the corrupt elements across all sectors of Trinidad and Tobago, from the highest level politician to the lowest level criminal, to defend our country from corrupt elements and to keep the independence that your Colour signifies always to the forefront, as you conduct your investigations and to ultimately let the courts of Trinidad and Tobago decide.”
Referencing the attempted coup of July 1990, Minister Young said that the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago should be heartened to know that they can continue to count on the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and the other Defence and Protective Agencies within the Ministry of National Security, to protect them from any recurrence of such an event.
Minister Young further assured the members of the Police Service that they had the full support of the Government, which will continue to supply the TTPS with the requisite technology, equipment, infrastructure and other resources so that the organization can carry out its responsibility to the people effectively and efficiently.
The order to consecrate a Colour, is to declare and make an organization’s flag sacred. In this regard, the ceremony made the Colour or Flag of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) a sacred item of the Service and from that time forward it should be treated with reverence.
The Minister presided over the parade of four detachments of officers, including officers from the Police Service’s Mounted and Canine Branches, under the command of Superintendent Ken Charles. The planning and preparation for the consecration of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Colour, was eighteen (18) months in the making and involved input from Agencies across the Ministry of National Security.
Minister Young concluded by saluting the achievements of the Police Service over the years and acknowledged the organization’s commitment, professionalism, and diligent service to keeping law abiding citizens of Trinidad and Tobago safe and secure.
Also present at the ceremony were Permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Security, Mr. Vel Lewis, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Gary Griffith, Chief of Defence Staff, Air Commodore Darryl Daniel, Acting Chief Fire Officer, Mr. Marlon Smith, Chaplin of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Cannon George Archer and other members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.