Basseterre, St. Kitts, December 20, 2018 (SKNIS): As a teenager, Kylon Lake frequently found himself in trouble while attending the Cayon High School.

“I was somewhat disgusting, [always] getting into problems. I used to get into a lot of fights in high school,” he said.

He attributed this to the fact that he grew up without a mother and a father. Young Kylon felt like an outsider at times. He was born in Anguilla but was sent to St. Kitts as a baby to be raised by his grandmother. The fighting earned him a reputation in school; he rolled with some bad company and many persons believed that he wouldn’t achieve much success in life. One day, Lake made a conscious decision to change his life.

“I realised that is not the path to go, that there is no life in it; just you being unhappy and making other people unhappy. It’s not worth it,” he said.

He signed up to join the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF) and began training on July 09, 2018, as a member of Course 42.

“I found it very challenging at times, especially when it comes to physical training. … Sometimes I felt like giving up, just quitting saying it’s not worth it, but I said if I quit now I will be a quitter in life and this [being a police officer] is a goal that I wanted in life,” he stated.

Mr. Lake said he found comfort in Phillipians Chapter 4, Verse 13 which reads: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” He persevered and was able to graduate on December 18, 2018, as a full-fledged police constable.

While it is too late to undo the actions of the past, Constable Lake now stands as a symbol of justice in the community. He is sworn to defend the innocent and uphold the law as he goes out daily to serve and protect.

“I want to be that difference,” he said, while speaking about the impact he can have on the lives of persons he will come into contact with. As a police officer, there is likely to be numerous opportunities to leave a positive mark and possibly inspire some teenager or child to follow in his footsteps.