On Friday 30th July 2021, Devon Bute, a Police Officer of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines was elected unopposed to serve as president of the Caribbean Federation of Police Welfare Associations Inc. His colleague Woman Police Constable, Somorow Quashie, the present General Secretary of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadine Police Welfare Association was also elected as Assistant Treasurer.
Over a three (3) days conference, July 28-30th 2021, the Caribbean Federation of Police Welfare Associations (CFPWA) held its 9th Annual General Meeting virtually, with our host country being Montserrat, under the theme “Creating Connections-Building Bridges…Together”. At the opening ceremony held on Wednesday 28th July 2021, the conference heard remarks from Mr. Steve Foster: Commissioner of Police of the Royal Montserrat Police Force, Mr. Edward J. Strohm Vice President of the Three Strohm Sisters Foundation who has express interest in sponsoring paediatric cancer research facility in the Caribbean region, President (CFPWA) – Snr. Superintendent (Ag.) Anand Ramesar and feature speaker Mr. Oris Sullivan, Director of Public Prosecution of Montserrat. Among others being in attendance, His Excellency CoP (Ret’d) Ian Queeley Ambassador Embassies of the Eastern Caribbean States to the Kingdom of Morocco was among the special guestlists. Also in attendance was Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr Rodney Adams of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force.
There were a series of discussions, however, COVID-19 and its impact on law enforcement across the region was mainly discussed.
The Conference also saw presentations from Mr Michael Seales, Attorney at Law and former president of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Social and Welfare Association who presented on negotiations techniques. Dr. Edwin Powel, Mental Health Expert and International Human Rights Advocate/Consultant presented on the psychological effect of policing on police officers. In keeping with one of the organization’s strategic objectives, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was entered into and signed between Monroe College and the CFPWA which aims to provide educational opportunities along with other benefits for all law enforcement officers within the region.
On the final day of the conference, the organization held its elections for the eleven (11) vacant Executive Committee posts, there were a total of nineteen (19) nominees who contested the elections for the various posts. The sixteen (16) member states elected a new Executive Committee to preside over the affairs of the CFPWA by our Constitution. The following Officers were elected to serve a two (2) years term 2021-2023;
The annual general meeting and conference concluded with the Federation recommitting itself to its aim and objectives according to the by-laws of its constitution. In his closing remarks, President Devon Bute thank all the participants for taking the time out to participate in the three days virtual annual general meeting, the immediate past president Senior Superintendent (Ag) Anand Ramesar and those that placed the confidence and trust to allow him to be elected unopposed. He echoed that the Federation has a lot of potentials and the new executive desires to realise those potentials. Congratulations were extended to all from the general membership who expressed their confidence in the new executive and wished them a successful tenure.