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Seven Heights Police Youth Club making great strides

Published:Saturday | October 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Members of the Seven Heights Police Youth Club show their certificate of existence while Senior Superintendent of Police Maurice Robinson (left), commanding officer in charge of Clarendon looks on.- Photo by Shanique Samuels

Shanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer

MAY PEN, Clarendon:

THE SEVEN Heights Police Youth Club (SHPYC), which was formed and successfully launched in the community is poised to make great strides.

With a group of vibrant and talented young people from the community involved, the club is already making its mark in the Clarendon community.

It all started when the club's president, Sherman McKenzie, was challenged to re-establish the netball team in the community. "From those ladies came the inspiration to form a body with the hopes of becoming a youth club so that we could be formally registered to take part in competitions," McKenzie explained.

On November 6, 2012, a youth club was formed on the platform of the Seven Star Strikers Netball team, formally called Sevens Heights Community and Youths in Action, under the guidance of the Social Development Commission. The club began with 18 members and has now grown to 37 registered members, including a full executive body of 12 members.

"Out in the cold though it was, meetings were held every Tuesday night under the street light at my gate. Our meetings are now held every Tuesday in the lunch room of the Seventh-day Reform Church of God, here in the community."

Portfolio revamped

In March this year, the club's portfolio was revamped under the Clarendon Police Youth Club Council and re-named the SHPYC.

The SHPYC, so far, boasts quite a number of achievements, to include a health fair and the staging of a fire prevention seminar, with the assistance of the Clarendon Fire Department. The president also boasted of the club having its own official letterhead and stamp.

Senior Superintendent of Police Maurice Robinson, commanding officer for Clarendon, officially launched the SHPYC in September and commended the club members for taking the initiative to start a club in the community and having it ratified by the Police Youth Club Council. He said the police's involvement is one way of enhancing community-based policing. "This is indeed very important because the police alone cannot fight crime. We need the support of the community," he said. SSP Robinson charged the club members to strive to correct the inequities in Jamaica and to endeavour to change the landscape of the country, as well as to positively adjust the way some things are being done in the society.