'No regrets for my journey'
Corporal Oneil Patterson named Lasco's Police Officer of the Year 2012
Corporal Oneil Patterson was brimming with pride yesterday as he received the coveted title of Lasco Police Officer of the Year, a title that is renowned within the ranks of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
"As expected, I am filled with pride as I stand here to receive this prize, and being named Lasco Top Cop of 2012," Patterson said after his name was called during the ceremony held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.
"Long was the journey, but it was a journey for which I have no regrets as I have competed among the best that the JCF has to offer," he said. "We have all done our best and represented our areas and divisions with professionalism and steadfast commitment."
Initiated in 2000
The Police Officer of the Year awards programme was initiated in 2000 to publicly acknowledge the professionalism and dedication of the members of the JCF. Patterson was one of nine nominees in this year's competition.
"Lasco loves the policemen and women of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, who serve and protect our country. We were not afraid to declare our support for the police in 2001 when we partnered with the JCF to establish the Police Officer of the Year award," said Lascelles Chin, founder and executive chairman of Lasco Affiliated Companies.
He also commended the JCF for the valiant effort it has mounted to reduce the crime rate from the levels seen earlier in 2012 and the assistance they provided during Hurricane Sandy.
"Just last Wednesday when Hurricane Sandy was battering the island, the members of the force were out on the roads maintaining law and order. Many continued for days after the hurricane and were away from their families at a time when we were with our families. We, therefore, have to support our police force because they are willing to stand in the way of harm to protect us and our businesses," Chin added.