KINGSTON — Minister of National Security, Senator the Hon. Dwight Nelson, says that the close relationship between District Constables and communities has been an important factor in reducing crime.
"It is the district constables that have created the kind of thrust that we are forging with the members of the community, today. I applaud your contribution to enhancing security in our communities and, more recently, in Government buildings and installations,” Senator Nelson told the United District Constables Association’s awards dinner, at the Knutford Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Friday (September 30).
"As we seek to further arrest crime and violence, and to rebuild the social fabric of our communities, more than ever we need your visible presence and continued support and management of policing activities, to ensure that all our citizens can go about their business safely,” he stated.
Senator Nelson told the DCs that undertakings that he had given to advocate for changes to their pension and welfare rights are being considered.
"I consider (it) to be important… you can rest assured that I will continue to pursue this matter on your behalf, so that it can be resolved,” he said.
District Constable Felix Mitchell, who is attached to the Christiana Police Station, Manchester, received the National Security Trophy for the most outstanding DC for the year.
He said that he did not expect to win, and was humbled by the award. He encouraged his colleagues to continue to work hard in their communities, respect human rights, and develop good relationships with the citizens in the areas where they serve.
“Keep away from corruption, and continue to strive for better standards in the force,” he stated.
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Jeremy Taylor, told the awardees that no one becomes a District Constable to gain wealth or fame.
"For many of you, the only reward you will ever know is that of a job well done. This award ceremony is a good thing, and it is true that people ought not to know their true value only when they are on their death bed,” he said.
Seventeen District Constables were honoured at the function for long and distinguished service to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporter