BY CAMILLE CLARKE
THE Police Service has a new crest and a new motto.
Not only will the members continue to protect and serve, but will do so with pride, according to the new watchwords for the service.
The new emblem and motto were officially revealed yesterday by Deputy Police Commissioner Glen Roach during the Police Commissioner’s weekly media briefing at the Police Administration building on Sackville Street, Port-of-Spain.
The new motto—To Protect and Serve with Pride—is expected to be placed on all police buildings and vehicles.
The changes are part of the transformation of the Police Service, Roach said.
The new crest features the coat of arms, the police crest and the new motto.
Already, some police vehicles have been painted with the new emblem.
“A new image will be seen on the buildings and vehicles to ensure the public trust and confidence in the service by creating a professional organisation,” Roach stated.
He said the change in the Police Service would not happen overnight, as there was the need to educate the public on what was being done.
The new word added to the Police Service’s motto—Pride—is also an acronym, meaning:
P: Presence made available by the police in commercial, residential, and the community.
R: Relationships committed to develop relationships with external and internal clients with respect and fairness.
I: Image, mannerly, friendly, balanced, and aggression—when needed—with necessary force to take care of the situation.
D: Devotion, a reliable officer who is objective, and deals according to the law and not his beliefs.
E: Efficiency, if we are to provide a professional service. Officers must be efficient.