Basseterre, St. Kitts: 6 July 2017 – Rotary Club of Liamuiga (RCL) Police Officer of the Year Awardee for the 2016/17 Rotary Year is Inspector Travis Rogers. Mr. Rogers received his award at the recently held Joint Installation for the Boards of the Rotary Club of Liamuiga, Rotary Club of St. Kitts, Rotaract Club of Nevis and Rotaract Club of St. St Kitts held at Spice Mills Restaurant.
Inspector Travis Wayne Rogers enlisted in The Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force, a noble and professional body, on 1 January 1991 as a seventeen (17) year old who didn’t know where this journey would take him. He was however, determined to make the Force his life’s career and today he has no regrets.
Since 1991 he has been assigned to several departments of the Force. This commenced with Beat & Patrol where patrolling beats was the order of the day to ensure the safety and security of the Federation’s citizens and residents. He was quickly elevated to the Special Mobile Patrolling Unit.
Inspector Rogers prides himself in being forthright and professional and believes that this has allowed him to learn quickly, and therefore resulted in him showing exemplary performance leading to him being identified as an Officer to be recognized for greater assignments
In 1993 he was transferred to the Special Services Unit (SSU), a dream come through for him as he believed that this was where he belonged. This Unit is often considered to be the workhorse of the Police Force as it carries out the tactical functions of the Force and is second to no other department.
He opined that he was quickly moved to the Special Branch Unit, now called the Strategic Intelligence Unit (SIU), as the need for a good man existed. In this Department he performed security detail for then Prime Minister, now National Hero, Dr. the Right Excellent Sir Kennedy A. Simmonds.
Inspector Rogers has also been attached to other departments such as Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and Local Intelligence Office (LIO). His career took a very positive upward turn in 2003 when he became a K9 Handler and Drug Investigator and was transferred to the Anti-Narcotics Unit. He was quickly promoted to the rank of Sergeant at which level he served for five (5) years and then moved up to the rank of Inspector. He lead the Unit with distinction from 2007 to 2016. During that period he worked with several internationally recognized agencies such as the United States (US) Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
Through this area of responsibility Inspector Rogers has been exposed to many training courses in the United States of America (USA), Colombia, Argentina, England and throughout the Caribbean. He was also trained as a Drug Counsellor and is part of the Drug Prevention & Treatment Specialist (DPATS) Team.
For the period 7 July 2016 to 27 June 2017 he acted as Superintendent with responsibility for Division B, which stretches from Lodge in the east to Ross University in the west. During this period there was a reduction in criminal activity in the area.
Inspector Rogers has recently been transferred to the proposed Joint Anti-Gang Task Force (AGTF) for which he will be the leader.