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  • Fifteen police youth clubs in the St. Catherine South Division will, on Saturday, July 25, come together to host a sports day and stage show in Portmore, to strengthen the partnership between the communities in the area and the police.
  • The event, to be held at the Waterford High School, will feature netball and football competitions, rides for children, and a stage show with musical performances in the evening.
  • The day’s activities get underway at 9:00 a.m.

Fifteen police youth clubs in the St. Catherine South Division will, on Saturday, July 25, come together to host a sports day and stage show in Portmore, to strengthen the partnership between the communities in the area and the police.

The event, to be held at the Waterford High School, will feature netball and football competitions, rides for children, and a stage show with musical performances in the evening. The day’s activities get underway at 9:00 a.m.

Head of the Police Youth Club Movement, Corporal Windell Reid, said the event is in line with efforts by the police to restore trust and confidence within different areas, as well as to rebuild the relationship with certain communities.

“Based on our cultural practices, we know most people tend to enjoy our culture through sports and music. We are having the fun day in an attempt to see how we can strengthen the community capacity, bridge the gap between the youth and get the whole community on board,” he said.

Corporal Reid said the Police Youth Club Movement is on a mission to stabilise and mentor at-risk youth, through involvement in a variety of educational and social activities, as well as leadership workshops and training.

The fun day, although centred on Waterford, is expected to bring together youth from several other communities in which the youth clubs operate, including Greater Portmore, Gregory Park, Hellshire, Old Harbour and Central Village.

Corporal Micky Lord, one of the organisers, explained to JIS News that Waterford is considered a hotspot for criminal activity and it is important that members of the community are assured that the police are on board to partner with them in solving whatever safety concerns they have.

“So, the event is to pull police to the space, pull the community to the space and have that partnership,” he said.

Corporal Lord added that it will also be an opportunity to promote the work of the Police Youth Club Movement and to provide information on services offered as it relates to safety and security.