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  • 28 Sergeants have all successfully completed a six-week Sergeant Supervisory Management Course.
  • Area One comprises the parishes of Trelawney, St. James, Westmoreland and Hanover.
  • Superintendent Perkins says law enforcement is a perishable skill that must be cultivated frequently.

Twenty Eight (28) Sergeants of Police from within Area One have proven themselves ready for higher responsibilities within the force, as they have all successfully completed a six-week Sergeant Supervisory Management Course conducted by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Staff College.

The training, which took place at the Area One In Service Training Centre, at the Montego Freeport Police Station, began on September 23 and ended with a closing ceremony on Friday, November 1, at the University of the West Indies, Western Jamaica Campus, where they were handed their certificates of successful completion. Area One comprises the parishes of Trelawney, St. James, Westmoreland and Hanover.

Superintendent of Police in Charge of St. James, Egbert Parkins, commended the participants for successfully completing the course despite personal hurdles and urged them to try always to remember what they have learnt.

Offering advice, he told them, “never take action based on emotion, what you do will have life-long consequences to the citizens you deal with; never allow a victim to be victimized a second time due to your poor police practices; and do not get complacent.”

He further suggested that in their day to day activities they should seek out motivated coworkers as mentors and to remember that “even teachers have teachers.”

“Law Enforcement is a perishable skill that must be cultivated frequently, stay sharp by doing crisis rehearsal in your down time and also on your own time. You must always be inquisitive, suspicious and thorough, if not you are unfit for the duty,” Superintendent Parkins emphasized.

He reminded them that they are the first line of defense for the community and that their job entails walking a fine line. He advised that as police officers they must always follow the path of truth.

“Always remember this, right is right even if no one else is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone else is doing it,” he exclaimed.

He also urged the graduates not to get overly consumed by their work at the expense of their immediate families..

In delivering the main address, Regional Manager, Scotia Insurance, Michael Isaacs, told the sergeants although they are in positions of leadership, they are there to serve and protect their colleagues and the general public.  He urged them to seek to treat and deal with real issues as against symptoms.