Detective Inspector Richard Hylton has been named the most outstanding cop for 2012 by the St James Police Civic Committee, during its glitzy annual ball held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre last Saturday night.
His colleague Inspector Ralph Medley earned first runner-up status, while Sergeant Andrew McKoy finished third.
The three finished ahead of a field of 16 nominees drawn from the ranks of sergeant to inspector in what was described as a competitive selection process, assisted by directors of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Roger Hamilton and Joy Clarke, and the Reverend Courtney Walters, assistant chaplain for Area One.
The nominees were judged on professionalism, deportment, personal development, association with charitable groups, community services, among other areas.
The 45-year-old Detective Inspector Hylton is the subofficer in charge of homicide and serious crime investigations in the St James Division. He enlisted in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in 1987.
Inspector Medley, who is the subofficer in charge of the Barnett Street Police Station, is a serving member of the Police Federation Inspector Branch Board and a member of the Cuba Friendship Association.
Assigned to immigration
Meanwhile, Sergeant McKoy, who enlisted in the JCF in 1983, successfully completed the Immigration Training Course and was assigned to Immigration, St James, in July 1987. He is currently the subofficer in charge of the Immigration Investigation Unit.
The event, staged in collaboration with Proven Wealth, was supported by several sponsors, including, Columbus Business Solution, Fidelity Motors, Caribbean Producers Jamaica, Scotiabank, Sandals, JAVCo, Tai Flora, Iberostar and the Urban Development Corporation.
The committee recognised a number of community stalwarts, including Hazel Dalley, renowned as a friend of the police, Senior Superintendent of Police Sharon Beput, and Corporal Karen Austin, who was featured on Television Jamaica for her role in assisting a family in need.
United States ambassador to Jamaica Pamela Bridgewater, who was guest speaker at Saturday night's ceremony, challenged Jamaica to become a model for the region.
"Already we know the high standards Jamaica holds for its music, food, rum and coffee. But I believe Jamaicans can one day point their way to security forces with the same sense of pride," the ambassador said.
"The tourists who flock here for sun and fun, and the Jamaicans who live here year round, will both enjoy a Jamaica that is as safe as it is beautiful".
She thanked members of the JCF for undertaking a "tough job", and charged them to work closely with civilians.