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Lasco Top Cop finalists: The men who serve

Published:Monday | March 28, 2016 | 3:00 AM
The top 12 finalists vying for this year’s LASCO Top Cop award.

media to influence change. In 2013, he championed the cause of domestic abuse by co-producing and co-hosting a live radio programme on Roots FM. It was such a success that the station requested more programmes which featured third series covering parenting in 2014, and 'Wi and Di Police' in 2015.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Several officers have zeroed in on youth development. One is Corporal Kimaryo Pinnock of the Motorised Patrol Division, who is the force behind 'Advancement of Youths through Positive Values and Attitudes.' A social transformation initiative geared towards the holistic development of youths in communities, it currently provides an avenue for 12 youth from different communities in St Thomas to becoming productive citizens.

Detective Constable Dameian Haye has also contributed to youth development by reactivating the dormant Sligoville Police Youth Club. The club now offers its 33 members a range of support, including mentorship and life skills training. A major output of the club was a Parenting and Conflict Resolution Workshop held in July 2015, bringing together community stakeholders.

Music is the channel of change for Corporal Selvin Smith. He has been helping to hone the musical talents of the members of the Magnificent Troopers, a group of 70 young people aged 12 to 30 years old. Three days a week, he meets with the group to teach them different areas of music, including trumpeting, drums, designing and executing technical drills for performances. With a philosophy to 'do all the good I can to all the people I can for as long as I can', he will keep using music to make Jamaica a better place - one youth, one life and one day at a time.

MENTORING PROGRAMMES

Other entrants have taken the lead in mentoring programmes, like Sergeant Gladstone Sealy whose interest is in the form of intervention. They provide mentoring and counselling for identified at-risk youth from various communities in Area One. His counterpart in Kingston West, Sergeant Kidan McCoy, is also involved in many community projects that help to mentor young people in the area.

A few officers have taken the decision to work with schools.

Sergeant Nickoyon Brown of the Office of the Commissioner of Police has taken a firm hand with developing the young boys of the Cockburn Gardens Primary and Junior High School, with interventions such as Boys' Retreat and Top Performing Awards.

At the same time, Constable Odaine Williams also mentors students through the Mobile Reserve Adopt A School Initiative, a project designed to engender behaviour modification for at-risk youths.

All finalists have demonstrated that they are champions of the people, serving with integrity, confidentiality, appreciation for humanity and excellent customer service.

As each goes into Wednesday's (March 30, 2016) awards ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, he does so with the confidence that he has made a difference in the lives of the citizens of the communities he serves. Through their efforts, their communities are now safer and quality of life for many has improved.