Parents Urged To Be Vigilant This Christmas

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  • Police Officer of the Year, Detective Sergeant Ava Lindo, is encouraging parents to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of their children during the Christmas season.
  • She said parents are to pay keen attention to their children’s whereabouts at all times, and ensure that an adult is always available to provide supervision.
  • She further urged parents to ensure that children use the public passenger vehicles, or arrange for them to be picked up by someone they know and trust.

Police Officer of the Year, Detective Sergeant Ava Lindo, is encouraging parents to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of their children during the Christmas season.

She said parents are to pay keen attention to their children’s whereabouts at all times, and ensure that an adult is always available to provide supervision.

She said they should not be allowed to go out by themselves for treats or to participate in holiday festivities.  “They are not to go anywhere without parents knowing where they are going,” she said during a recent interview with JIS News.

She further urged parents to ensure that children use the public passenger vehicles, or arrange for them to be picked up by someone they know and trust.

“(Also) don’t allow children to be walking in populated places with cell phones, this is to avoid having them robbed and injured,” she said.

Detective Sergeant Lindo was honoured as the Lasco/Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Police Officer of the Year in March this year. She is a member of the Inspectorate Division of the JCF.

An 18-year veteran, she has dedicated herself to giving guidance to youth and children by providing support and information on a range of societal issues, particularly child abuse.

She has distributed some 400 notebooks to children across the island which provide information and tips for children and parents about child abuse.

She is looking to distribute 3,000 additional copies in the upcoming year.

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