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Contact:  Kerwin Xavier


Tuesday, June 14, 2011 – The holistic development of the nation's security personnel is the catalyst for the first ever “Police Health Week”.   Speaking at the opening ceremony, Acting Police Commissioner Vernon Francois, in recognition of the associated stresses of policing, gave his full support to the initiative.


“The activities for the week assume a great level of significance as there is a direct correlation between health and productivity in the work place.  We also recognize that our officers are social beings, as such the police department is committed to the organization of such activities in an effort to develop our officers in a holistic manner.  We are determined to ensure that policing in Saint Lucia is not just a job but a profession.”


Minister for Internal Security, Senator the Honourable Guy Mayers, in addition to pledging personal support, informed the gathering of steps taken by his ministry in attempting to deal with the psychological needs of the police. 


“The issue of good health for our police officers is one that we cannot take lightly.  We need to pay great importance to the physical well being of police officers because we need to have police officers who are physically fit, who are of a sound mind to be able to manage the stressful situation that they confront on a daily basis.  We at the ministry have been working to get the services  of a counsellor and a psychiatrist on a permanent basis to work with our protective services for debriefing and for giving counselling  to those who are in need.”   


Activities are being held under the theme “Maintain Health, Enhancing Productivity Through Awareness and Screening”. 

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