2018 Nominees

Finalist and Nominations 2018

Top Caribbean Career Move

 Top Caribbean Career Move

Top Caribbean Career Move - Finalist 
Assistant Superintendent (Ag) Elvis Thomas 
Royal St. Lucia Police Force

Mr. Thomas joined the RSLPF 10th February 2003. He worked in various units with the Police Force and used his skills to peruse a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice which he acquired in December 2008. After which he was assigned course officer and led a team of instructors and evaluators in Dominica in 2012. In February of the same year, he commenced a Masters Degree in Public Administration. In 2015 he was promoted to the rank of Corporal where he was appointed vice chair of police week committee. Thereafter he represented the Police Force at the food safety and security committee during which he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. In 2017 he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police in charge of the press and public relations department.

Top Caribbean Career Move - Finalist 
Deputy Superintendent Rishi Vishal Akkal
Korps Politie Suriname

Enlisted into the KPS in November 1st, 2008, after which he earned a Bachelor’s of Law Degree in July of 2012. He worked at the department of internal affairs where he put his degree to use. Due to his continuous strive for excellence, he completed a Bachelors in Police Training where he graduated second in his class of 17 persons. He acquired additional skills in areas such as anti-human trafficking. This earned him the position of secretary on the “National Working Group Trafficking of Persons in Suriname” 2016 to present. He is currently perusing his Masters in Law and he is also a teacher at the National Police Academy in Suriname and the head of the Riot Squad.

Top Caribbean Career Move - Finalist 
Inspector (Ag) Andre Norton
Trinidad and Tobago Police Service

Enlisting into the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service on the 2nd December 1985 Mr. Norton is currently based at the Crime and Problem Analysis Branch and worked alongside the University of Cambridge when the TTPS embarked on Evidence-Based Policing. Due to his talent, Mr. Norton was personally selected a fellow to pursue a Masters in Applied Criminology and Police Management. He was selected by Cambridge University to present at the society for evidence-based policing, his presentation was titled targeting factors predicting homicide clearance in Trinidad and Tobago. In addition to this, he also published a book “A case-control study of non-domestic solved and unsolved homicides in Trinidad and Tobago”. In his career, Mr. Norton presented at various international conferences. He has since applied and was shortlisted for the job of Deputy Commissioner of Police.

Nominee:

  • Inspector Christine Stanford- Royal Barbados Police Force
Top Caribbean Community Policing Officer

Top Caribbean Community Policing Officer

Top Caribbean Community Policing Officer - Finalist
Sergeant Shakisha Minors 
Bermuda Police Service

Enlisted in the Bermuda Police Service 4th February 2000 Ms. Minors had a diverse career, she began working in general uniform policing but moved on to police support unit, narcotics unit, gang unit and community action unit where she is the inspector in charge. At this unit, her aim is enhancing public confidence through a community-based approach. She did this by introducing some initiatives such as the outreach clinics, education networks, youth police, miracle Christmas hamper and gang resistance education and training. These initiatives intertwined and all had successful outcomes, positive impact and helped to solve persistent and emerging problems within the communities served. Members of the public were provided with the tools to build a safer society which in turn had the effect desired - increasing public confidence in the police.

Top Caribbean Community Policing Officer - Finalist
Inspector (Ag) Roland Cobbler 
Royal Barbados Police Force

Enlisted in the Royal Barbados Police Force in 1991 Mr. Cobbler has worked in Community Policing for the last 20 years. During his tenure, he began his studies in the field of social work. The combination of work experience and education background led to the development of community-based initiatives aimed at crime prevention, protection of the vulnerable, developing community cohesion and assisting with the development of children to name a few. In 2016 Mr. Cobbler became the head of the community policing unit of the RBPF, he facilitated training workshops for over 22 officers assigned to perform community policing duties. He was also instrumental in the RBPF partnering with the Prince Trust International where a 12-week training was held geared towards helping “at risk youths”. For his contribution to community development, Mr. Cobbler received several accolades.

Top Caribbean Community Policing Officer - Finalist
Constable Cyril Charles 
Royal St. Lucia Police Force

Enlisted in the RSLPF 15th February 1998 Mr. Charles was attached to the immigrant department for 12 years. After his tenure there he was posted as the community relations branch officer. He excelled in this field by attending training programmes in domestic violence, service delivery, juvenile reform and customer relations. Besides this, his work involved ongoing daily visits to schools where he conducted lectures and interventions which resulted in maintaining high levels of discipline. Mr. Charles continuously liaised with various stakeholders within the community in a quest to improve the relations between the community and the police.

Nominees:

  • Constable Christopher Donaldson – Royal Cayman Islands Police Service
  • Constable Charlton Charles – Royal Grenada Police Force
  • Superintendent Charmaine Stuart – Guyana Police Force
  • Deputy Inspector Jennifer Colli – Korps Politie Suriname
  • Sergeant Jerry Baptiste - Trinidad and Tobago Police Service
  • Sergeant Deane Cover - Jamaican Constabulary Force
  • Constable Kirk Brade - Royal Montserrat Police Force
  • Inspector Elroy Carcamo – Belize Police Force
Top Caribbean Crime Fighter

Top Caribbean Crime Fighter

Top Caribbean Crime Fighter - Finalist
Sergeant Ishmael Pitt
Trinidad and Tobago Police Service 

Enlisting into the TTPS on February 3rd, 1997 Mr. Pitt ever since has worked assiduously in the area of crime reduction. Under his command, his unit seized firearms ranging from pistols to Uzis along with hundreds of ammunition. Mr. Pitt’s crime detection rate surpassed that of other divisions in serious crimes such as murders, robberies, and narcotic related offices. The international terror group ISIS purportedly had an affiliation with a bomb threat calling in at one of the largest malls in the Caribbean, Mr. Pitt and his team investigated and did not rest until the suspect was found. Notably to mention are his accomplishments in drug busts, the charging of a gang leader and the establishment of a police youth club in a troubled community under his jurisdiction.

Top Caribbean Crime Fighter - Finalist
Sergeant Mitchell Roach 
Royal Barbados Police Force 

Enlisted on July 20th, 2000 Mr. Roach has thus far in his policing career distinguished himself as a dedicated officer. His work has been outstanding at the Criminal Investigations Department. Evidence of this is seen by his arrests ranging from murder to drug-related offenses to serious wounding. Detective Roach was also tasked with assisting in closing cold cases. He is very conscious of the competencies which are required to raise his standards of investigation, he has made a determined effort to become versed in the various laws, rules, policies and procedures which will impact on his day to day interaction with the criminal element and other stakeholders in his duties which he displays with professionalism.

Top Caribbean Crime Fighter - Finalist
Detective Constable Troy Joseph 
Royal Grenada Police Force

Enlisted 24th October 2005 Mr. Joseph was posted to perform regular duties. After four years he was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Department. At this department, he excelled as his ethics, professionalism and communications skills helped in his crime-fighting initiatives. His success in fighting crime comes from detection but from crime prevention as well, his proactive approach includes distributing safety and crime preventions tips to homeowners and even showing them physically how to secure their homes, leaving no opportunity for crime.

Nominees:

  • Detective Sergeant Pythagoras Santiago – Bermuda Police Service
  • Detective Inspector Joseph Wright – Royal Cayman Islands Police Service
  • Assistant Superintendent Andre Collymore – Royal St. Lucia Police force
  • Anguilla Criminal Investigation Department - Royal Anguilla Police Force