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Thanks for faith in me, Commish

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 1:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It is with sincere gratitude and humility that I pen this letter to express how grateful I am to be promoted to the rank of corporal within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

I have graciously accepted this promotion, knowing that there are many candidates who continue to serve the people in Jamaica with integrity and respect and continue to anticipate the Force Orders that will publish them promoted to the next rank. I, therefore, see this promotion not one for self, but for my colleagues within the JCF, many who promoted me long before the official publication, and to the people in Jamaica who I will continue to serve to the best of my ability. This is their promotion.

I am grateful to my colleagues who have worked with me, particularly in the Portland Division, and who have supported and encourage me through thick and thin. I am even more grateful to the citizens of the parish, many of whom refer to me as 'Commissioner', for their patience and confidence in the service I offer as their policeman.

I must single out my pilot project, the Boston and Fairy Hill Children's Group, which gained national attention in the just-concluded JCF Police Week of Activities for 2015. This project started in January 2009 and drew strength from the young people and volunteers who rejected the myth and negativity of the police being Babylon. The gap between the police and the youths in this area was bridged through the performing arts and other activities that supported positive youth development and the overall objective of preventing crime.

I must thank my family for its support in the toughest of times. To my subofficer, Inspector Julio Francis, and my immediate team members, I will be forever grateful for your support and guidance.

I will continue to trust in God for the overall guidance and protection over my life and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others.

LERON MATTISON

leronmattison@yahoo.com