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Yallahs police shining examples

Published:Monday | May 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Allow me to express my sincere gratitude to two great Jamaican institutions, the University of Technology, Jamaica and the Jamaica Constabulary Force, for whetting my appetite for voluntary service. All students pursuing a degree at UTech are required to complete a module in community service, which consists of the contribution of forty hours of voluntary service to an organisation approved by the university. The module has the objective of creating a culture of volunteerism among the graduates and is aligned to the achievement of the four goals of the National Development Plan - Vision 2030. It would probably be good that this module, or a module with similar objectives, where it does not yet exist, be adopted by all universities in Jamaica.

I chose to contribute my voluntary service at the Yallahs Police Station. During my time there, I was impressed by the professional manner in which the police interacted with the public, including persons who were being arrested. I must admit that this experience is at variance with my previously held belief of the general interaction between the police and the community.

Jamaica would be well positioned to achieve its Vision 2030 goal of making the society safe, cohesive and just if the professionalism of the lawmen and women at the Yallahs Police Station can be replicated at other police stations across the country.

Having completed this module, I am now giving serious consideration to identifying ways in which I may contribute to other organisations in my community so as not to lose this spirit of volunteerism.


Yallahs, St Thomas