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Jamaica Constabulary Force set to benefit from Adventists celebrations

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2015 | 9:00 AM

The 173 stations and 11 posts operated by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are set to benefit from a special 'projects day' activity to be undertaken by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica as part of its 125 years of Adventism in Jamaica celebrations.

The Church, which boasts more than 730 congregations across the 'length and breadth' of Jamaica will, on October 25, use its penetration of churches to effect improvement to the JCF stations based on a needs analysis.

"One of the main ministries of the Church over the past 125 years has been its ministry to the community in which it serves," said Pastor Everett Brown, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica.

"As we celebrate this milestone, it is fitting to identify with a project that will impact a very significant group of people who have been serving Jamaica and to whom the country owes its deepest gratitude for the upholding of law and order."

Brown said he believed the JCF has been hard pressed to contain crime and violence, and the Seventh-day Adventist organisation - through its local churches - has the resources to make life a little bit easier for police personnel as they seek to bring crime and violence down to a manageable level.

"We are looking forward to partnering with the JCF by providing equipment for them so that their surroundings will be more conducive to work," Brown continued.

"Also, we recognised the difficulties that the rank-and-file members face each day as they fight crime and violence, so we will be offering them the services of our professionals to deal with the high levels of stress that they encounter. We want to be there for them if they need someone to talk to as an ongoing support."

recognition ceremony

The Church's celebrations start on October 3 with a thanksgiving service at the Seventh-day Adventist Conference Centre in Mount Salem, St James, in the morning, followed by an award and recognition ceremony in the afternoon.

Then, on November 22, the Northern Caribbean University grounds in Mandeville will be the venue for a grand anniversary expo, health fair, and heritage quiz final.

The day's activities will culminate with a musical showcase.