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Cop of the Year passionate about continuing youth development programmes

Published:Wednesday | April 13, 2016 | 4:00 AMJason Cross
Corporal Kimaryo Pinnock (right), LASCO-Jamaica Constabulary Force Police Officer of the Year, speaks with some of the children he tends to weekly at the Morant Bay Primary School in St Thomas on Saturday.
Children participate in an oral-health class with Pinnock (left) and his wife, Hava-Gay (right).
Pinnock (left) speaks with children during a class at the Morant Bay Primary School in St Thomas on Saturday.
Pinnock (right) and Shaddae Palmer (second left) show children their website during a class session.
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All for the youth

Cop of the Year passionate about continuing youth development programmes

The work put into undertaking community projects geared towards social transformation and the holistic development of youths within his community seems to have increased since Corporal Kimaryo Pinnock was last month named LASCO-Jamaica Constabulary Force Police Officer of the Year.

Pinnock, a native of Morant Bay,

St Thomas, and past student of the Morant Bay primary and high schools, was very busy in the community yesterday.

The Gleaner visited Pinnock at Morant Bay Primary on Saturday, where he was in full flight, piloting his community outreach programme and engaging a number of children and young adults in various interactive activities.

Approximately 25 individuals participate in Pinnock's programme.

"We started this programme, the advancement of youths through values and attitudes. We started last year October and it is really geared towards the holistic development of youth in this particular community. There are other adjoining communities that are a part of it. We have adjoining communities such as Lyssons (and) we have Church Corner," Pinnock said.

"Basically, what we focus on is really disseminating values and attitudes that are pertinent to the youths, so that we can prepare them to become productive adults in our society. Also, we provide them with life and survival skills because we have to remember that there are many predators out there lurking in the dark, so we have to help them to reduce the level of vulnerability."

TRANSFORMING SMILES

Pinnock invited a team from the Morant Bay Dental Centre to present oral-health tips to the children.

"The theme for today is transforming smiles through building confidence, and we can't overemphasise the importance of self-confidence in all of this. We also look at brushing techniques, (general) caring for the teeth," Pinnock said.

Also, the group navigated through an interactive website created by Pinnock and his team called Youths On the Corner. They were taken through what Pinnock called the different corners of the website.

"We have three major corners. They are the motivational corner, we have the spiritual development corner, (and) we have a career and education corner," Pinnock said.

"So, we have motivational songs, motivational quotes that are relevant to youth. Spiritual development, it's always important in your growth and your way of life. Education corner focuses on rÈsumÈ creation, cover letter preparations and also interview tips."

Even though he is only able to conduct the programme on two Saturdays each month, because of work and other engagements, Pinnock said he hopes to maintain the two days, ... especially now that he has the full support of Lasco Chairman Lascelles Chin.

Pinnock works very closely with the guidance department at the Morant Bay Primary School.

The focus of the programme is not only placed on troubled youth but also on youths who display positive behaviour.

"It's important to focus on deviants, but it is also important to support positive behaviours that are identified already. Students who are displaying correct social behaviours, we still have to make them a part of this. As a result, we give them roles in the group so that they can become monitors, so they can support those who are displaying deviant behaviours," Pinnock said.

He emphasised the importance of constantly monitoring the young people, whose ages range from six to 18 years old.

Pinnock insisted that deviant behaviour usually transitions with individuals through to adulthood.

"One of the important things is, if we look at the statistics now as is, most disruptive adults were disruptive youths, so we have to target the youths. They are the future, so we have to focus on them," Pinnock stressed.

Pinnock is passionate about youth development and is anxious to see the realisation of Vision 2030, which is to make Jamaica a safer place for persons to work, live and raise families. He also wants to see the Jamaica Constabulary Force becoming an organisation that is valued and trusted by all Jamaican citizens.

jason.cross@gleanerjm.com