This Week We Feature Young Professional Shavique T. Barzey
Shavique T. Barzey, 21, of Spooner’s Estate on the main island of Tortola is currently an Office Journalist at the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Communications Unit.
She is a product of the Francis Lettsome Primary School, the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) and is presently pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) in Paraquita Bay.
This week’s young professional enjoys Softball and Volleyball, as well as dancing and seeing the world. She is part of the Phoenix Ballers volleyball team now competing in the 2017 VIVA Power League and a member of the Virgin Islands Cadet Corps.
“I like sports, I am a hard working person and I am interested in being part of the military,” she said, in the K-9 department to be exact.
But to reach her goal, she first has to undergo six months of regular training, then work three or more years on the beat where she will be rotated until she arrives at the K-9 Unit.
“I had challenges in between, but I never gave up, I kept praying to God,” she said of her journey so far, adding that she hopes to receive a callup soon for formal training to become a law enforcer and ultimately in the K-9 Unit of Her Majesty's Customs.
Since a school child Shavique said she had a passion for becoming a law enforcer.
“I was always watching NCIS Law and Order SVU and watching it all my life it made me realise that Tortola needs more young people in the force and, I said to myself, I should really consider being a Police Officer, Customs or K-9 Officer and it stemmed where to my careers in school I would always dress up as an officer. It is a dream from young, I actually want to be a K-9 Officer and I know to be a K-9 Officer I have to work in different areas, it doesn’t matter.”
Like many others, Shavique pointed out her parents-Sherna Robinson, a Senior Executive Officer at the Government of the Virgin Islands, and her father, Inspector D. Robinson who is in charge of the Road Policing Unit- as her inspiration. She pointed to Inspector S. Rock, Major at the Virgin Islands Cadet Corp as some others who have given her the needed boost along her journey through life.
This is what she had to say about the reason why her mother is her inspiration.
“Because she has pushed me to do a lot of stuff and she has been there through it all and encouraged me to do what I have to do,” she remarked.
Advice to young people
As is customary, we pick the Young Professional’s brain for any advice for young people.
“Work hard towards your goals and don’t give up,” was Shavique’s advice, adding that at times what the young people want is not received right away and sometimes they tend to give up easily instead of working towards it in order to achieve it.
In the meantime, Barzey is busing herself to make her dreams a reality and become part of the local team of Law and Order in the Virgin Islands.