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GG lauds LASCO for supporting, inspiring cops

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen (left) congratulates LASCO Top Cop Finalist for 2017 Constable Hillette Virgo (front row; third right) during the LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year Courtesy Call at King's House on Monday, while fellow cops look on.

Sir Patrick Allen, governor general of Jamaica, has lauded the LASCO Affiliated Companies for its continued efforts to inspire members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to uphold the integrity of the organisation.

"I think LASCO has touched on the nerve of the operation of this nation and has sought to identify and recognise, inspire and motivate. Thank you so much, LASCO, for the support, the recognition, the consciousness and the way that you build individual self esteem and worth," said Allen on Monday during a courtesy call at King's House by Lascelles Chin, executive chairman and founder of LASCO Affiliated Companies, and the 10 finalists in the 2017-2018 LASCO/Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Police Officer of the Year Competition.


10 finalists


The ten finalists were derived from a pool of nominees at the JCF's Divisional and Area Levels based on their work ethic; working relationship with the public and team members; involvement in communities and other social initiatives; professional knowledge; ability to communicate effectively, and knowledge of national and international affairs.

The LASCO/JCF Top Cop accolade is derived from the LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year Awards - a prestigious accomplishment which encourages members of the JCF to strive to meet the award's stringent criteria.

Allen shared an inspiring story of one Constable Brown, who moved through the ranks and eventually became a Deputy Superintendent in the eighties. He also shared that he personally tracks the progress of Top Cops.

"What is going to happen eventually in the case of all of you is that you will rise through your ranks. You have been selected as a person who is going places. You have been selected because of your character ... the display of qualities that are essential for the running of the JCF ... to protect and to serve with distinction," he said.

The governor general also compelled the finalists to share their knowledge and principles with other members of the force.


Top Cop to be

selected next month

Corporal Kimaryo Pinnock of the Motorized Patrol will give up his title as the current Police Officer of the Year at the 17th annual LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 24 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

The Police Officer of the Year Awards was established in 2000 through a partnership between LASCO and the JCF to publicly acknowledge the professionalism and dedication of the members of the police force.

The 2017-2018 LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year will receive the coveted trophy, along with a $250,000 cash prize. In addition, the first and second runners-up will also receive trophies and a $200,000 and $100,000 cash prize, respectively. All finalists will receive certificates and plaques, having emerged winners in their divisions and areas, respectively.