Stokely Fagan, Corporal of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) beamed with elation as he was announced as the LASCO Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Police Officer of the Year 2017/2018 at the annual awards luncheon on Monday, April 24 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Corporal Fagan took home the Police of the Year Trophy along with a $250,000 cash prize. Constable Hilette Virgo, who serves within the St. James Division, was named first runner-up and awarded $200,000 while Constable Michael Hutchinson of the Mobile Reserve Division took the second runner-up spot and received $100,000.
Corporal Fagan who has over six years of service with the JCF actually began his career in Communication and Customer Service companies such as Accent Marketing Jamaica Limited and Claro Jamaica Limited.
In 2010 he entered the National Police College of Jamaica where he graduated and received the commendation of “Best leadership.”He is also a Kingston College Old Boy and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science with Honours.
Beyond his academics and strong work ethic, Corporal Fagan prides himself on his work in his community in his capacity as Head of the Public Relations Department at the Waltham Park New Testament Church of God; and volunteering at the church’s Benevolence Bargain Centre and being an active member of the church’s Planning Committee.
Corporal Fagan is also a husband and a father of three thriving young boys.
Founder and Executive Chairman, LASCO Affiliated Companies, Hon. Lascelles Chin, in his address to attendees imparted the true significance of award ceremonies like Police Officer of the Year.
“These awards go to the heart, of who we are at LASCO,” declared Chin. “We feel very strongly about the pivotal role of these professionals in the Public Sector. They impact the social and economic fabric of the nation and touch the lives of the most vulnerable in the society.”
“Today LASCO and indeed all well thinking Jamaicans are standing behind our Police Officers,” continued Chin. “We are standing with you and for you.”
“Let us all endeavour to be peacemakers in our own spheres of life.”
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. Fagan has now joined a band of elite officers who proudly wear the badge of LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year or more popularly referred to as the LASCO Top Cop.
The selection process for the LASCO/JCF Police of the Year Award identified outstanding persons from the Divisional and Area levels before having 10 finalists selected for the National level. The finalists participated in a week of activities to build camaraderie, share experiences and best practices. Most importantly, they left an invaluable mark in community development through the Youths in Action against crime and violence project day. During this week, the finalists were accommodated at Christar Villas, which has been partnering with LASCO for the past five years.
The finalists demonstrated their public speaking skills, through presentations at a luncheon hosted at the LASCO Offices. Following this evaluation process, a final panel interview was conducted to select the LASCO Top Cop and the second and third place winners.