Eleazar Patrick Williams, one of Barbados??? newest police officers, created history at the Regional Police Training Centre yesterday, when he walked away with all 10 awards up for grabs.
The 24-year-old was among 39 new police officers who completed the training course, and he was expected to officially start duties in Bridgetown from Monday, May 18.
Constable Williams was awarded for being Best at Officer Safety Training and First Aid; Best at Weapon Training; Best at Evidence Procedure; Best at Multi-Disciplines Subjects and Best at Police Duty Subjects.
Meanwhile, he shared the Best at Physical Training award with Constable Rashshill Edward, the only other police to receive an award.??The new Police Constable was adjudged the Most Outstanding Student, and also captured the coveted Commandant???s Trophy and Baton of Honour.
The young man, who holds a Degree in Banking and Finance, also created history when he earned a score of 86.2 per cent, the highest aggregate score ever to be recorded in the 59-year history of the RPTC. That earned him the award for the Student with the Highest Aggregate.
During an interview following the passing out parade ceremony, the young man said he was ???elated, overjoyed and shocked??? at his accomplishments because he did not expect to be a part of such a historic moment.
Describing his accomplishments as an ???honour???, Constable Williams said he would not have achieved it without God???s help and the support of his family. ???My mother is a believer in God, and so is my father, and so am I. My mother raised me from young on faith in God and that is what carried me through these six months, along with their support,??? he explained.
The Police Officer, a former employee at First Citizens Bank, explained that it was while at the University of the West Indies as a full-time student that he took the decision to apply to the police force.
And, while he heard stories and experiences from his uncles who are also police officers, Constable Williams said it was only after attending a two-day induction into the life of a policeman that he knew for sure that this was his heart???s desire.
He added that he was looking forward to joining his colleagues in Bridgetown on Monday, where he would begin a new learning process in order to excel at his job.