Basseterre, St. Kitts, December 20, 2018 (SKNIS): Woman Constable (WPC) 890 Shyan Williams was one of only two females to graduate from the Police Training Complex on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, as a member of Course 42. However, the ambitious young woman already has her career path mapped out.
“The aim is to take [Ian] Queeley’s spot, so it is to be the first female Commissioner of Police,” she said.
While achieving that dream is likely to be some years away, Ms. Williams feels that the foundation laid during the six months of police training, and her willingness to serve the community are among the key ingredients that will lead to her being an exemplary constable.
Training was not easy for Recruit Williams. She had difficulty executing drills and adjusting to the varying personalities of some course mates, 25 of whom are nationals of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“It was a learning experience. The challenges, I used them to build myself and change my attitude and work on individual stuff,” she said.
Six months later, WPC Williams is celebrating her achievement and is proud to follow in the footsteps of her uncle, retired Police Inspector Winston Wilkinson Nias, who served the community for some three decades. He was well respected by colleagues and civilians.
“I had a good role model … and he took pride and joy in his job and I looked up to him,” she said, noting that this inspired her to join the police force.
The young police officer said she now has her own moment of pride and joy.
“I have completed the course. I did my best. I have made my community and my family proud and I have achieved more than what some persons may have thought.
The night was made even more memorable as WPC Williams was among the group recognized as the Best Syndicate. This means that her group Syndicate #2 amassed the highest average of scores based on their performance during training. The other members of Syndicate #2 were Constables Quintel John – Best at Physical Training; Omara John – Best at Pistol Shooting; Davin Hodge – Best at Self Defence and Most Improved; Kevin Davis – Best at Police Subjects; Wendel Edwards – Best Recruit; Chaz Rawlins; Kemran Charles; Kyle Grant; Glenford Jack; and Lionel Phillip Tudor. The syndicate leader was Sergeant Marvin Thompson.