Wenia Verneuil is a vibrant and aspiring twenty-five year old from the quaint community of Laborie, a small fishing-village on the southern coast of St. Lucia.
Law enforcement policies and procedures have always been her foresight due to her obsessive-compulsive need to keep everything in order and consistent with the countless qualities that come with being a police officer, her main goal was to enroll in an effort to enhance her self-confidence, professional development and positive discipline.
Singing is one of her passions, which brings peace to her soul and allows her to release her inhibition. In addition, she is a former member of the Rotaract Club of St Lucia South and the Saint Lucia Cadet Corp, which afforded her the opportunity to work with the youth; significantly contributing to their growth and self- development. Consequently, this has enhanced her self-assurance and has shaped her into becoming a well-adjusted disciplined individual.
The unique demands of the Covid-19 pandemic have undoubtedly placed frontline workers such as law enforcers at additional risk such as psychological work-related injuries. This fostered the need to develop positive coping mechanisms to deliver services that meet the expectations of citizens across the St. Lucia. Wenia took the opportunity to explore her entrepreneurial spirit towards developing a business focused on the health and mental well-being of young women along with launching her own organisation The Rise Up Club. The overall aim of her organization is to enable people to harness and develop their soft skills to effectively navigate their environment, relate well with others, perform well, and achieve their goals.
Her participation in the National Carnival Queen Pageant of Saint Lucia in 2019 was primarily to explore and celebrate my femininity, she said, “My passion for pageantry, intertwined with law enforcement and the stereotypical masculine values and views attached to it, seemed no place for stilettos and crowns. This certainly came across as a contradiction but fuelled my motivation to be an unconventional queen and female police officer and to enjoy and express myself.”
She believes being enrolled in the Royal St. Lucia Police Force does not mean that she has to be mundane. She said, “I have embraced my femininity and the love for community-policing. This allows me to challenge and erode the view that police work is largely about aggressive behavior, physical strength and isolation, all of which are associated with masculinity. My acceptance into the “brotherhood” of policing has not dulled the radiance of my crown nor my glamor but provides an opportunity to redefine what it means to be a woman and a queen without compromising the integrity of my job.”