• JIS News

    Story Highlights

    • Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Hon. Derrick Smith, has encouraged members of the Tivoli Gardens Police Youth Club to aim for the highest at all times.
    • The Minister met with members of the club on July 7, during their tour of Jamaica House.
    • There are 543 registered police youth clubs across the island.

    Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Hon. Derrick Smith, has encouraged members of the Tivoli Gardens Police Youth Club to aim for the highest at all times.

    “Whatever you might have in your mind that militate against you, take it out. Any of you can rise to any office that you want, provided you make up your mind that you want to go there,” he told them.

    The Minister met with members of the club on July 7, during their tour of Jamaica House.

    Mr. Smith encouraged them to focus on their education. “Go to your class. You need to remain confident and whatever challenges that might confront you in your daily life, put them on the back burner, and have positive thoughts,” he advised.

    The Minister also called on the group to see the Police in a positive light. “Do not see the Police as Babylon and don’t see the police as beating down poor people. See the Police in a positive light, they are like any of us,” Mr. Smith said.

    There are 543 registered police youth clubs across the island. However, 30 per cent of them have become dormant due to fall-off in membership, as persons migrate, pursue higher education or work, or they simply lose interest due to lack of effective programmes to keep them engaged.

    Over the years, the clubs, located in the island’s 19 police divisions, have been conduits through which the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) moulds and provides a positive influence on the young people of this country, instilling discipline, responsibility and respect for law and order, in order to steer them away from a life of crime.