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Footprints: Alphanson Watson - A God-fearing man

Published:Tuesday | January 12, 2016 | 1:00 AM

He was a God-fearing officer of the law

District Constable Alphanso Watson, affectionately called "Watto" or "Devon", was born on the 26th of July, 1960. He is the first born to parents Alice May and Vernal Charles Watson in the cool district of Braes River, in St Elizabeth.

His education development began at Goshen Primary School where he excelled and went to the St Elizabeth Technical High School. After leaving school he gained employment at Alpart as a security co-ordinator for 18 years but he had an inner desire for higher service.

With a steadfast decision to serve his country in law enforcement, he applied to the commissioner of police and was accepted. On June 25, 2003, an eager and likewise dedicated young man was appointed district constable to the Rural Police Force and was posted at the Santa Cruz Police Station, where he served up to the time of his passing.

Upon his arrival at the Santa Cruz Police Station he spared no time in establishing his mark of dedication and willingness to learn the many aspects of policing.

He loved his job and was respected by his colleagues and peers alike. He is fondly remembered as being kind, very jovial, always neatly dressed, never late for work and always uses his initiative to get the job done.

He was one of the main process servers for Santa Cruz and would even use his personal vehicle to go out and serve juror notices and summons. It is said, that any juror notice that Watson did not serve that person was either dead or had left the area.

 

community-oriented cop

 

Watson was also a community-oriented cop and was instrumental in the formation of the Santa Cruz and Goshen Police Youth Clubs. He would attend their meetings, social and any other training or formation that was held by the club members and was always willing to go the extra mile.

Life was never without challenges and Watson's challenge was ill health, yet he insisted to be rostered for duty and continued to serve with high spirits amid having an operation and continued treatments. He never complained and faced his challenges like a true crime fighter... "BRAVE" even in the face of death, never portraying a dull moment.

His favourite expression whenever he was engaged in a conversation about religion or politics would be, "dem no understand the ting.....but mi understand it."

Watson loved his family, policing and most of all he was a God-fearing man. In July of this year he gave his life to the Lord and ever since he began to remind other police personnel to give their lives to the Lord before it was too late.

December 12, 2015, he took up transfer from this world to a higher force, where his commanding officer is God himself; but his duties will continue.