LASCO and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), in promoting community involvement and strong work ethic in the LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year programme, have raised the bar and widened the nominee pool simultaneously for its 16th staging. LASCO and JCF have removed the age restriction for eligible officers but have added that nominees must file their statutory declaration and other obligations and be in good standing with the JCF as well as have an ongoing project prior to being nominated which must be approximately three (3) months in existence. Nominations are currently open and will close on. The public is encouraged to collect and complete nomination forms from police stations before .
"The new structure makes accommodation for nominations from the 19 geographical divisions as well as the 64 non geographical formations. We are confident that each entity will have one nominee at the preliminary stage. We are expecting this to be our biggest year yet in the 16 year history of the program," shared Bishop Dr. Gary Welsh ACP, Community Safety and Security Branch. Bishop Welsh also lauded the JCF/LASCOpartnership citing it as a model of best practice in promoting meaningful and sustainable Police public relationships.
Additionally, nominees are required to have served the JCF for at least five (5) years and have strong work ethic and communication skills. They must also demonstrate professionalism, knowledge of not only the policies and procedures governing the JCF but local and international affairs; as well as their involvement in initiatives at the community and national levels.
|(L-R) Dr. Carl Williams, Commissioner of Police; Sgt. Randy Sweeney, 1st Runner-up; Det. Sgt. Ava Lindo, Winner; Sgt. Christopher Ward, 2nd Runner-up and Peter Chin, Managing Director, LASCO Distributors Limited at he annual awards luncheon held on Tuesday March 24, 2015 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel for the LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year 2015-16.|
Once nominations are closed the divisions and formations will convene selection panels to select the divisional winners. This will be followed by a similar process at the area level and the eleven (11) area winners will then vie for the national title.
The 2016-17 LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year will receive the coveted LASCO/JCF Champion Trophy along with a $250,000 cash prize. In addition, first and second runner-ups will also receive a trophy and a $200,000 and $100,000 cash prize respectively.
Detective Woman Sergeant Ava Lindo of the Inspectorate of Constabulary Division has worked consistently to improve her community and organization since being announced as the 2015-16 LASCO Top Cop. She has also recently created an exercise book, to be distributed to students, containing safety tips to guard against sexual abuse using her own experience and journey to assist others to protect themselves. First runner-up Sergeant Randy Sweeney from St. Catherine North Division and Second runner-up Sergeant Christopher Ward of St. Mary have also used their appointments to inspire their colleagues and make positive contributions to their communities.
The Police of the Year Awards Programme was initiated in 2000 through a partnership between LASCO and the JCF to publicly acknowledge the professionalism and dedication of the members of the force.