Jamaica Ex-Police Officers Association Gives Back to St. James

Photo: JIS Photographer Fourth Form student at the Herbert Morrison Technical High School, Shevani Smith (left); accepts a scholarship letter from President of the South Florida chapter of the Jamaican Ex-Police Officers Association, Roy Bennett. The scholarship is valued at J$40,000. Sharing the occasion at centre is Assistant Commissioner of Police in Charge of Area One, Warren Clarke.

Story Highlights

  • Shevani Smith, a fourth form student at the Herbert Morrison Technical High School in St. James, is the beneficiary of a J$40,000 scholarship from the South Florida Chapter of the Jamaica Ex-Police Officers Association.
  • The scholarship was presented on June 3, as part of a week of activities by members of the Association.
  • Members of the Association have been visiting Jamaica on a regular basis and have made several donations to educational institutions as well as police stations.

Shevani Smith, a fourth form student at the Herbert Morrison Technical High School in St. James, is the beneficiary of a J$40,000 scholarship from the South Florida Chapter of the Jamaica Ex-Police Officers Association.

The scholarship was presented on June 3, as part of a week of activities by members of the Association, who also worked on the Adelphi Basic School in East Central St. James, and repainted sections of the Area One Police Headquarters in Montego Bay. Two air conditioning units were also installed at the station.

President of the Association, Roy Bennett, told JIS News that each year his members present two scholarships to brilliant, but financially challenged students in Jamaica and South Florida.

“We selected Shevani, who is majoring in Food and Nutrition, based on her excellent performance at school and the fact that there are some financial challenges. We are very confident that with the assistance we are giving, she will be able to realize her academic goals at Herbert Morrison,” Mr. Bennett said.

He informed that members of the Association have been visiting Jamaica on a regular basis and have made several donations to educational institutions as well as police stations. “We will continue with that mission and will continue to carefully select our recipients to ensure that we spread the love,” Mr. Bennett said.

Meanwhile, the group also donated paint, wheelchairs and other medical supplies to the Police Area One Headquarters.

In accepting the donation, Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Area, Warren Clarke, praised the Association for its continued commitment to Jamaica.

The ACP expressed thanks on behalf of the beneficiaries.  “We are very thankful for your donation. Your group could have done this project elsewhere, but the fact that you have selected St. James this year is an indication of your commitment,” ACP Clarke said.

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