JIS News

Seventy students from the St. Andrew North Police Division have been selected to participate in a Behaviour Modification Programme for the summer.
Some of the areas include: Grants Pen, Constant Spring, Red Hills Road, Manor Park, Stony Hill and Golden Spring.
The programme, which will last from August 16 to 27, is geared at changing the lives of children who are deemed ‘at risk,’ while seeking to instill a more positive attitude and behaviour. It will be held at the Upper Room Community Church, 39 Shortwood Road in Kingston.
During the two-week session, students in the 12 to 17 age group will engage in mini workshops on: conflict and anger management; etiquette and social graces; self esteem building; interviewing techniques; art and craft, among others.
In an interview with JIS News, Sub Officer in charge of the Community Safety and Security Department, St. Andrew North Police Division, Sergeant Everett Wesley said the initiative is another intervention method, coined to offer practical exercises as well as theoretical sessions, with a view to creating a positive change in behaviour.
“We have intervention with a number of students who are referred to us through the safe school programme as well as from the various communities that we serve. Some of these children have displayed some level of anti-social behaviour, some are victims of crime and some are perpetrators. When they are referred to our office, we do some level of intervention. Some of them we refer to other agencies like the Child Development Agency (CDA), the Victim Support Unit or other places. We realise that this intervention is somewhat limited, hence we decided on this initiative,” he explained.
The children, he noted, are chosen from the juvenile caution register that is available at the facility. “We chose them from our records that we have. When they are referred to the station, we have what we refer to as the juvenile caution register and we document the information and the circumstances why they were referred here, so we go back to that information and we select them to do a follow-up on this sort of intervention,” Sergeant Wesley said.
He pointed out that during the programme, the children would also be taken on field trips. “At the end of the two weeks, we hope to take them to a luxurious facility where they can get a chance to practise the lessons they have learnt in etiquette and social graces in a dining atmosphere,” he said.
Sergeant Wesley told JIS News that an “instrument” has been developed to measure the level of intervention that each child may need.
“That instrument will be used at the beginning of the programme, and at the end of the programme we administer a similar instrument to see the impact of the programme. After that, we hope to get them involved with a core group of mentors, so the project can continue,” he explained.
The programme is being conducted in collaboration with the Grants Pen Community Police Management Committee.

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