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  • Eleven police officers will on March 12 vie for top honours in the LASCO/Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Police Officer of the year competition.
  • Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) at the Community Safety and Security Branch, Karina Powell-Hood, said the 11 area winners will undergo a rigorous interview process throughout the day, to determine the winner of the prestigious national award.
  • The winner will be named at a later date.

Eleven police officers will on March 12 vie for top honours in the LASCO/Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Police Officer of the year competition.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) at the Community Safety and Security Branch, Karina Powell-Hood, said the 11 area winners will undergo a rigorous interview process throughout the day, to determine the winner of the prestigious national award.

The winner will be named at a later date.

“Thursday is really the big day when they will sit with a panel of judges drawn internally and externally. I suspect that these persons will do well, as they have reached this far having gone through a similar panel,” SSP Powell-Hood said, while addressing a reception on Monday, March 9, at the Police Officers’ Club, St. Andrew.

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police, Dr. Carl Williams, commended the area winners, describing them as “standard bearers for the force”.

“I congratulate you whole-heartedly for embarking on this long journey that has taken you thus far. You have been chosen from a number of contestants and it means you have been doing something right, which I want you to continue. We are going to look to you to carry the flag and keep the banner flying high,” he said.

Commissioner Williams also used the opportunity to express gratitude to

Founder of the LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the year award, Hon. Lascelles Chin for his continued support to the force.

“I want to thank our perennial supporter and patriarch or sorts for his unwavering support to the police of the years. When we were down in the gutters he was there with us and I know that he will be with us once he has the ability to be with us,” he said.

Mr. Chin, in his address, noted that the previous winners of the award have excelled in the profession.  “Each winner has been really fantastic, most of them were Christians and many of them were promoted,” he said.

Mr. Chin also commended last year’s winner, Hodel Harris, formerly a Corporal, who has since been promoted to Sergeant.

“She is a really an example of a good police officer with her level of intelligence and enthusiasm. Whoever the top cop is, I hope they will emulate Sergeant Harris. It is very hard work, dangerous, and this is the least that LASCO can do for the police force to recognise your work,” he said.

Mr. Chin told the finalists that being the top cop will provide a lot of experience and exposure for them.

“I am sure [the competition] will make you a better person, the 11 of you are all winners. To be the 11 out of 12,000 you really are fantastic,” Mr. Chin said.

Sergeant Harris also encouraged the area winners to do their best and reminded them that they “are representing two noble organisations; JCF and LASCO”.