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Retired Special Constables treated at FDR Resort

Published:Thursday | December 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist
Retired Assistant Commandant Rankin Clarke.

RUNAWAY BAY, St Ann:

Approximately 20 retired special constables were recently treated to a day of relaxation at FDR Resort in Runaway Bay, St Ann, thanks to the CEO and board of National Security Employees Credit Union.

The retirees, members of the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) Retirees Association, Region North (which extends from Hanover to St Thomas) were able to do what they probably were never able to, while they served in the force.

On the day, only St Ann, St Mary and Trelawny were represented.

"Today, we're having a social and lunch," said head of the association, Retired Assistant Commander Rankin Clarke. "As an association, we meet once per month, every fourth Thursday in St Ann's Bay."

"The occasion today has been sponsored by the CEO and board of National Security Employees, which we thank them for the generosity, so we can have this luncheon at FDR hotel."

"I think the occasion will be like therapy for our members, and we're glad that our past members can see that we're still in dialogue with each other," Clarke added.

The group included several retirees who would have served the ISCF for over 30 years, at varying ranks, before retiring.

One such individual is Retired Assistant Commandant Daniel Williams, who served for just over 40 years.

RESPECT AND RECEPTION

The St Ann resident started his career in his native parish, and was later transferred to Kingston, where he served for 34 years, rising to the rank of assistant commandant.

"I was later transferred back to St Ann, where I completed my tour of duty," he stated.

Williams said he has no regrets serving the ISCF. In fact, he sometimes misses the interactions he used to have with members of the public sometimes.

"What is missing is that when you were out there serving the people, which is always a part of your everyday situation. it is not anymore, but knowing the people that you work close to, the people that you serve, that was where the joy of serving came from; and the respect that you get from the people, and the respect that you give to the people."

And despite their years of service and the knowledge and experience they would have gained as a result, the group has kept relatively quiet on issues concerning safety and security.

But according to Williams: "From time to time, we speak of what is happening in the society generally, as we know and what we've seen, today's world of policing is completely different from the days when we served as the people were more respectful and receptive to the police then."

Williams believes such respect and reception could once again be at the forefront of relationships between the security forces and members of the public, based mainly on the approach taken by officers.

"If you approach the person with respect, then you would get that respect," Williams pointed out.

"One of the most satisfying things that you will have from time to time is when you meet a civilian and the civilian says to you, officer, I have not seen you for a long time. what has been happening to you? You have some form of satisfaction there, that you are a people person, somebody that people love to see around them from time to time. Nowadays, I am not sure it is the same approach."

The Island Special Constabulary Force Retirees Association, Region North, meets every last Thursday in St Ann's Bay.

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