Ten members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have been shortlisted for the LASCO Police Officer of the Year 2017-2018.
They are: Woman Constable Hillette Virgo from Area 1; Corporal Kevron Miller from Area 2; Constable Jermaine Brown from Area 3; Corporal Raymond Oneil Murray from Area 4; Corporal Tony-Ann Fearon-Dixon from Area 5; Corporal Patrice Gordon from Central Investigations Branch Headquarters/Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA); Corporal Stokely Fagan from Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force; Sergeant Oswald Francis from Transport Management and Maintenance; Constable Michael Hutchinson from Mobile Reserve; and Corporal Kelvin Fabian Wallace from National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ).
They were nominated by members of their community and the JCF in January 2017, and selected from a group of officers, who stand as beacons of hope and change in their communities.
The finalists surpassed upgraded 2016 entry requirements, at both the divisional and area level, which necessitate them to have ongoing projects that engage their communities beyond their call of duty.
In fact, community policing is central to the concept of community safety.
The Corporate Strategy of the JCF specifically mandates the employment of community policing in its efforts to fight crime in Jamaica. The officer to be bestowed the honour of the title of LASCO Top Cop 2017 will be central to this strategy of promoting community engagements to mitigate crime.
The evaluation of the finalists continue throughout the week of activities scheduled from March 27-31.
The finalists begin the week making a courtesy call with Governor General of Jamaica, His Excellency The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen on Monday, March 27; then Acting Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant hosts a cocktail reception in the evening for their honour at the Police Officers’ Club. On Tuesday, March 28, the finalists participate in a Community Project Day, which involves nine high schools across Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine utilising the dramatic arts to express acts of violence. The activity, to be held at Family Church on the Rock at 9:00 am, shows how community based policing may positively impact or resolve violent situations.
Presentations are to be judged by a panel inclusive of reps from the JCF, LASCO and Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.
On Wednesday, March 29, LASCO hosts a tour and a luncheon at its headquarters in White Marl, Spanish Town. The week culminates on Thursday, March 30 with commencement of the national level interviews.
LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year 2016/17 Corporal Kimaryo Pinnock passes on the duties at an awards ceremony onMonday, April 24 at the Jamaica Pegasus.
The 2017-18 LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year will receive the coveted LASCO/JCF Champion Trophy along with a $250,000 cash prize. In addition, the first and second runner-ups will also receive a trophy and a $200,000 and $100,000