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More than 200 children from four communities in St. James are benefiting from the annual summer school operated by the parish’s Police Community Relations Department.
Classes for the two-week programme began on July 11 at the Albion Lane, Rose Heights, First Step and Flanker Basic School in addition to the Flanker Peace Centre. The children, who range in age from four to 18 years, are being taught art and craft, drama and some academic subjects by police officers and other community volunteers.
According to Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) Officer for the parish, Peter Salkey, on completion of the classes tomorrow (July 22), the children would be brought together for a closing ceremony in the Montego Bay Civic Centre in Sam Sharpe Square.
Mr. Salkey told JIS News that the programme, which started in 2002, has the full support of the community. “They are saying that the children are really enjoying the classes and in light of this, they (parents) are eagerly sending out their children. I strongly believe that the community members are becoming more and more confident in the police that their children can be guided in the right way by the police,” he opined.
He noted that the programme has helped to improve communication and cooperation between citizens and police, has fostered a sense of volunteerism, and had brought about renewed confidence in the force. “Interacting with the children is one of the ways that we think we can move forward in building the relationship between the community and the police, and could also help in the fight against crime,” Salkey stated.
He commended the Montego Bay business sector for providing food items so that the children could be served a hot meal each day.