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Thirty students from across the island were today (August 31), awarded the Commissioner of Police annual Back to School scholarships, to assist with their back to school expenses.
Every year the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) awards scholarships valued at $10,000 and $15,000 to financially challenged students who have excelled in the Grade Six Achievement Test (G-SAT) as well as to secondary school students who have maintained at least an 85 per cent average.
Commissioner of Police, Lucius Thomas, who spoke at the handing over ceremony at the JCF headquarters on Old Hope Road said that, “this scholarship programme is a clear commitment by the police that we care about the Jamaican community and that we value not only our relationship with citizens, but more importantly with the children of Jamaica”.
He said that this scholarship programme was an indication that the members of the police force recognized the role they play in molding the future of the nation’s children.
“I strongly believe that the police have a responsibility to frame a society for the future. This can only be done by us laying the foundation for the children who have difficulties, especially financial difficulties. By providing this assistance to some of our children, we are forging strong bonds, which with time, will only get stronger and stronger,” he said.
He pointed out that the scholarship programme was established in 1996 to, “ease tensions between the police and the residents of Payneland in St. Andrew South”.
Since its inception, approximately 110 students between 10 and 14 years old from 19 geographic divisions have benefited from this scholarship programme. This year the scholarship fund is valued at nearly $400,000.
The Commissioner encouraged recipients to work hard as their progress “will be monitored periodically and the police, through its Community Relations Branch, will provide the necessary help and encouragement to those who need it”.
“I want to appeal to the wider society and the private sector, this programme can only continue with your support. Come forward and help us protect and save these kids, who are our future,” Mr. Thomas said.