Nineteen-year-old Officer Jeremy Tuckett is attributing humility to his success in sweeping several awards and being named the top recruit in the third cohort of officers to complete the recent series of police recruit training exercises.
The East End man took home the awards for best all-around recruit, being best at police duty subjects, the commandant’s award for perseverance, best shots, best drill, Commissioner of Police Award for excellence, best recruit, and H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) President’s award for excellence.
“To be honest, I am very thankful but at the end of the day, I just feel very humbled and I want to thank everybody who helped me get to this point,” he told members of the media following at third Police Recruitment Training Completion Exercise and Passing out Parade at the HLSCC grounds in Paraquita Bay on Thursday.
He said he did not expect to be the named the top recruit because “it was a tough competition”.
“The past six months was a little bit tough. We had to deal with a lot of problems, and our instructors tried to break us down in order to build us up. But, at the end of the day, we had to stick it out and survive to the end.”
Tuckett said he intends to provide service to his country until he can “work no more”.
He also has his eyes set on the Major Crimes Unit, a department which deals with high-profile offences such as murder.
In the meantime, Officer Tishema Smith took home the award for leadership, Officer Sakena Codner was awarded the highest academic achievement award and the award for best at physical (female).
The award for best at physical male went to Officer James Ramprashad, the award for best at evidence went to Officer Jahmal Mickel, and Officer Tracey-Ann Forest was named the most disciplined recruit. Officers Johan Anthony Browne and Ryan Joseph, Jr also took home awards.
During the ceremony, Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews joined in welcoming the new officers into the RVIPF.
He said: “I am delighted at the commitment and determination they have shown to achieve such success to be here today.”
He said the quality of new recruits continues to increase and was again reflected among the new officers.
“These and others to follow are the future of the force, and I join you in wishing them every success in their future careers as police officers,” the top cop noted.
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