Chang urges 195 graduating police officers to serve with dignity
One hundred and ninety-five fresh-faced police officers have been armed with the power of the law and charged with the responsibility of executing their duties with dignity and honour. They graduated yesterday from the National Police College of Jamaica's Harman Barracks.
In giving the charge, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang congratulated the police recruits and urged them to carry the torch of national service with integrity.
"You are the constitutional agents of peace in our communities," Chang said. "I urge you to promote peace and to aid in the bringing about of good public order. More than that, I want to see more able-bodied, bright, young men like you entering the force," Chang told the graduating batch of constables.
He said that while the members of the constabulary were given specific tasks in the carrying out of their duties, it was the ministry's aim to make their working environment more appealing and welcoming by providing the necessary equipment, tools of trade, and support.
"The aim of the ministry is to make the police stations more user-friendly, thus making the force more accessible to the public," Chang noted.
Valedictorians Constable Robert Noble and Constable Davian Ramsay fired up their colleagues by encouraging them to go "change the world".
"Valuable experiences were gained, and we even exceeded expectations and managed to set new standards for our police trainees," said Noble.
Several graduates were awarded for their achievements during the training period. This included the award for Best All-Round performance, which went to Constable Dimario Duncan.
Constable Jerome Hewitt copped the award for Best Marksmanship, and the award for the Highest Mark Obtained went to Constable Jamoy Johnson. Constable Davis Bromfield was presented with the Best Leadership Qualities trophy by Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson.