Superintendent Courtney Faulknor has implored members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) not to be negligent in carrying their responsibility as parents despite the long hours and challenges that accompany them as members of the force.
Faulknor was speaking during the Island Special Constabulary Force/Mobile Reserve Chaplaincy Services Branch Back-to-School Motivational Clinic 2013, held yesterday at Harman Barracks in Kingston.
"This initiative started three years ago due to a number of cases we had where students were performing below average, especially with our colleagues and certain staff members that were experiencing a number of problems," he said.
"Police find it difficult to cope with certain problems, due to their high demand of time to this country, and it has caused a backlash," Faulknor added.
He noted that the police play a critical role in society and implored schools and teachers to take this into consideration.
"When you have children whose parents are police, you have to look into the situation and understand that when a teacher will get home at a certain time, the case is different with the police, as they are still out there protecting our citizens," Faulknor said.
"Therefore, as a chaplain department, we believe that it is important to provide that intervention to plug that hole and to assist our colleagues in assisting and monitoring their children. This clinic was born out of that need."
Faulknor stated that there has been a significant decrease in the number of cases they have received since inception of the clinic three years ago.
"We have seen immense results when it comes to a reduction in the number of cases we had, even the reports from the schools have improved, especially in relation to the behavioural situations of these students," he commented.
"It has also grown in number. We started with 20-30 people attending the clinic and, today, we have close to 100 in total. I am asking for the police to help grow and invest in our children. The job of parenting is difficult, more so when we are in tough economic times, but we have to help bridge the gap," Faulknor continued.