Commissioner of Police Mrs. Cruscita Descarte-Pelius Addresses the tragic loss of Police Constable No.170 Shem Severin

Police Commissioner Crusita Descartes-Pelius
Police Commissioner Crusita Descartes-Pelius

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force has yet again been plunged into mourning. (Earlier this week) Shem Severin, Constable 170, took his last breath, following an unfortunate vehicular collision.

Constable 170 Severin was an exceptional and dedicated member of the organization. He was actively involved in community policing activities, Youth Development initiatives, and sports; he was a member of both the senior National and Police Cricket Teams. He also represented the organization in the Windward Island Seniors Tournament and participated in regional support operations, to name a few.

Constable 170 Severin could best be described as the glue which held things together. On a cricket pitch, he was not only the comedian, but the motivator. Never one to accept defeat, there was always a lesson to be learnt. A young man, who was a team player, a person at ease in any environment; he would shine equally bright in a formal setting, as he did on a playing field.

His humility was as impressive as his towering stature, and his passing is a significant loss to the RSLPF. To his colleagues, family and friends, I extend our sincerest condolences. To my fellow officers, I say, let only our flags hang low today, let us raise our heads and spirits as we continue to honour the legacy of our fallen. For those who require additional emotional support, I encourage you to reach out to the Police Welfare Association, to initiate counselling services. At this time, let us utilize our support systems, as healthy coping mechanisms must be cultivated to manage our grief.

This year has been a true test of our strength, as we have had to endure the loss of several of our serving members. May we find a path to healing by relying on the formidability of the collective. We are stronger together. May he, and all those we have lost, rest in peace. May the Lord strengthen us during this time.

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