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Hornet Williams – giving new meaning to ‘protect and serve’

Published:Thursday | December 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston
Hornet Williams (left) makes a senior citizen's day with a gift basket.
Hornet Williams (right) presents a senior citizen with a gift basket.
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Deputy Superintendent of Police Hornet Williams, who is based at the May Pen, Clarendon police station has given new meaning to the oath he took when he joined the Jamaica Constabulary Force to 'protect and serve'.

The St Mary-born policeman said believes in going above and beyond the call of duty as he engages in volunteerism and humanitarian efforts.

Williams formed Super Willie Promotional Company, in 2011 as a platform to host events that would see him fulfilling his mandate to help those who need it the most.

"As a public servant my duty is to serve the people in Jamaica," he said.

"The reason for this is to be able to use a percentage of the proceedings to assist the needy," he told Rural Xpress.

In the five years since its formation of the company, the proceeds have been used to help him build relationships with people in the communities he served as a policeman.

"It helps to build back the trust between the police and the citizens; it also places me in a better position in the execution of my duty as a policeman by enhancing my crime fighting efforts," said Williams who started the initiative in East Kingston. This year he took the charity to Clarendon where he is now stationed by issuing 50 gift baskets to shut-ins in and around the May Pen area.

"The Community Safety and Security Branch of the station assisted by identifying the seniors who needed help the most," he said.

For Williams, the real drive behind his effort is the sense of satisfaction he receives knowing that he has been able to help people.

If there is one negative to all of his giving, he said it would be inadequate funds which prevent him from expanding the initiative to younger persons who are in need - as his primary focus is on senior citizens.

To fund his ventures, Williams hosts parties and raffles the proceeds from which he uses to treat seniors and fund his other outreach efforts.

NEVER HESITATE

According to Williams he has been involved in volunteer work for the past 40 years.

"I have learnt about giving and sharing from my mother, Ophelia Williams who will give away her last and never hesitate to give a helping hand to members of the community," he said.

Williams has no issue balancing his duties as a police officer and carrying out his initiatives as he said he does the outreach in the area he works and uses it as a part of building a relationship with the citizens.

Williams who was born and raised in Rock River District is a past student of St Mary Technical High School.

For the past six years he has been hosting a treat for the elderly. He has also assisted in building a house for a Bull Bay senior citizen (now deceased).

Among his other outreach efforts are assisting in the burial of elderly who are less fortunate, assisting to renovate Harbour View Basic School, among other charitable works.

Williams is currently working on a project at the Rock River Basic School and will be raising funds with a raffle and dance.

Williams thanked members of his team without whom, he said none of his charitable efforts would have been possible.