Constable Davian Martin is LASCO Top Cop - Urges colleague cops to make a difference
"It is not easy to make a difference, but if you sit down every day and say you alone can't make [that] difference, then you will continuously be doing the same thing," says the 2018-2019 LASCO Jamaica Constabulary Force Police Officer of the Year Constable Davian Martin.
He made the statement in his acceptance speech to scores of colleagues and guests during the awards luncheon at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston yesterday.
"I want to make that difference. My colleagues and I intend to be the difference, as we help to make Jamaica a better place for all," he said.
The 26-year-old topped a field of nine finalists to come out on top, relegating Sergeant Florizel Thompson and Constable Noel Chang to first and second-place runners-up, respectively.
The LASCO Top Cop award competition, which is now into its 18th year, chose Martin as the winner for his role in community youth advocacy, where he has managed to turn around the fortunes of the Mandeville Police Youth Club, moving its membership from 30 to more than 80 during his stewardship.
He has also organised a 5K run/walk event from which funds were donated to the Mandeville and Percy Junor hospitals to initiate an annual feed-the-street-people programme.
"It is an honour to be named LASCO top police officer, and although I won, in reality, all nine of us are winners," said Martin, adding that he hoped that in ensuing years, members of the public would come to appreciate and respect the difficult work undertaken by the police in securing their peace and safety.
Martin took home the winning trophy along with $350,000 cash award; first runner-up Sergeant Thompson, who serves with the Motorised Patrol Division, was awarded $250,000; and Constable Chang from the Mobile Reserve received $100,000.
"For 18 years, LASCO has been committed to making the men and women of the force know that LASCO values their service and protection," said Lascelles Chin, founder and executive chairman of the LASCO group of companies. "They are at the core of all we do and they keep the wheels of our society in balance," he said.