One hundred and nine police officers of various ranks have been promoted.
The promotion ceremony took place at the Seychelles Police Academy last Friday in the presence of Designated Minister Macsuzy Mondon, who also holds the portfolio for Home Affairs under which the police falls.
During the ceremony 42 constables were promoted to the rank of corporal; 32 corporals were promoted to sergeants while 17 sergeants received the rank of sub-inspectors.
Ten sub-inspectors were promoted to inspectors; 5 inspectors to assistant superintendents and 2 assistant superintendents to superintendents.
The highlight was the promotion of one superintendent, Francois Freminot, to chief superintendent.
He will now take over the overall commander role of the CID, replacing one of the foreign officers, Christaan Marx, whose contract has just ended. Mr Marx has been mentoring Mr Freminot for about 2 and a half years now.
In his speech at the ceremony, the Commissioner of Police (ComPol) Reginald Elizabeth noted that the Police Force has a selection panel in place to consider promotion which is based on recommendation from respective Commanders and also on availability of budget.
“Promotion is acknowledgement and incentive for hard work, commitment and dedication which you have earned. Hard work and dedication does not end with promotion but signifies more responsibilities and obligations. Continue to set a good example and be a role model to your subordinates.
Always give the public your very best service. Remember our motto is: service without fear, favour or ill-will,” ComPol Elizabeth told the officers.
“Despite a lot of challenges, let us keep our focus and not be distracted. As members of the Seychelles Police Force we will continue in the fight against crime and remain committed to keep our communities safer,” he added.
He urged the officers to “put all our efforts together to strive for excellence and making the Seychelles Police Force a more professional organisation”.
Encouraging those who have not been selected for promotion not to give up, ComPol Elizabeth had this message for them: “Your turn will come. Your hard work will not go unnoticed.”
To conclude he congratulated all those who have been promoted and wished them all the best in their career.