Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer
In keeping with the community policing efforts of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the cops have embarked on a series of town concerts across the island.
The initiative is aimed at improving and maintaining the relationship with the public, and the theme for the series of concert is 'Music ... A Unifying Force for Police and Citizens'.
"This project is one of the branch's crime-prevention initiatives aimed at showcasing talent within the JCF, identifying and showcasing the talent of our citizens, and improving the bonding between the police officers and the citizens. The feedback from the project has been excellent as the talent from each community has worked exceptionally well with the JCF," Constable Tania Layne from the JCF's Community Safety and Security Branch, who is also a member of the organising committee for the initiative, told The Gleaner.
The idea of community-based policing is centred on the police working with citizens to solve the problems they face within the community. It is not just positioned around crime fighting but to aid in the overall development of the community and country.
"It is a unifying force for police and citizens which brings a lot of comradeship, peace and hope for the JCF and citizens moving forward. The truth is that we have differences with our citizens but it doesn't change the fact that our aim is to serve, protect and reassure them. We need to find different ways of showing these people 1that we do care in many ways," said Layne.
The concerts will see performances by the JCF Band, which consists of more than 35 members; the JCF Choir, comprising 45 members, and local talent. Professional talent will also be showcased by entertainers who are 'friends of the police'.
One such entertainer, 29-year-old Lacon McLeod, who also goes by the stage name 'Leaf of Life', told The Gleaner he was elated with the feedback from the citizens.
"The feedback from the crowd is always good. They get happy when I sing Nutten to Sump'n because it comes with energy and inspiration. It is also good working with the JCF Band. I look forward to working on the rest of the concerts with them as we are endorsing love, the unity between the police and the civilians," McLeod said.
The next concert will be held on December 1 in Westmoreland. There have been three concerts to date, in Manchester, Hanover and St James.