Clarendon Police Youth Clubs – keeping youths out of trouble
MAY PEN, Clarendon:
Police Youth Clubs has been attracting quite a number of young people across the parishes and Clarendon is no different.
Over 60 clubs have been formed with 45 now being active in the parish in the past few years.
The inspector said progress with the clubs could have been better but the stigma attached to any association with police has prevented many youths from joining.
"There is the perception that once you are a member, you are an informer," he said.
Another challenge is the fact that police officers can't be with the clubs as often as they would like.
"We the police, we don't have the resources to be at the clubs as often as we would like - after all it's a police youth club," he said.
Brown is encouraging Clarendon youths to be a part of the police youth club as he said there are a lot of benefits.
"I doubt you will find a club member getting involved in gangs or smoking ganja on the streets," he said.