Church service kicks off Police Week, which will be packed with variety of events, including Fire Dept’s drill competitions

Police Week 2022 reportedly got off to a grand start on Sunday, September 4, with a church service at the Swetes Wesleyan Holiness Church that was attended by the organization’s rank and file.

A number of dignitaries, including Governor-General Sir Rodney Williams and Prime Minister Gaston Browne, also attended the event, which was followed by a brunch at Police Headquarters.

This year’s Police Week, the 54th edition, is being celebrated under the theme: “Overcoming the Challenges Together, Police Week 2022,” which was the brainchild of Corporal Shanette Morton.

There will be an Open Day today, September 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Headquarters, and this is geared towards the public seeing officers going about their day-to-day operations. 

Several corporate partners, including the mobile-service providers, will be present throughout the day, and Thomas says they are likely to offer giveaways.

The Malcolm Nicholas Cup – a Fire Department competition in which firefighters compete in respective drills – will return to the Market and High Streets venue this year.

Tuesday, September 6, will see the final match in a football round-robin that involves other small teams at the Police Recreation Grounds, and there will also be an inter-Force shooting competition.

Thomas says that other activities will include a visit to the sick and shut-ins in various communities.

The Veterans Cocktail Party is set for Thursday, September 8, at the Sir Wright George Police Academy and will celebrate those who have reached over 18 years in the Force.

On Friday, September 9, the Sports Day March Past will take place at the Police Recreation Ground, along with various athletic heats.

September 10 will see another shooting contest at the Crabbes range, during which police officers will compete against other clubs, while a variety concert will feature the Police Drama Group in an Owen Jackson play called “School Call een,” at the Antigua Recreation Ground.

A beach picnic at Ffryes on Sunday, September 11, will end the week of activities.

Before Sunday’s official start, several pre-activities were held, since all could not be packed into the calendar week.

There was a three-man relay hike to Mount McNish on August 20; a netball match at the YMCA Sports Complex on August 24; and a Fitness Jam on August 26. On August 28, a Fitness Walk and a Parish League cricket match also formed part of the pre-events.