- Detective Woman Sergeant Ava Lindo has served the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for more than 18 years and today she is the proud recipient of the 2015 LASCO/ JCF Police Officer of the Year.
- The loudest applause at the award ceremony was from her daughter, Keretha Walters, who is confident that her mother is deserving of the recognition she has received.
- Detective Lindo has moved up the ranks, having served the Mobile Reserve Unit, Crime Statistics Unit and currently serves the Inspectorate of Constabulary Division.
Detective Woman Sergeant Ava Lindo has served the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for more than 18 years and today she is the proud recipient of the 2015 LASCO/ JCF Police Officer of the Year.
The loudest applause at the award ceremony was from her daughter, Keretha Walters, who is confident that her mother is deserving of the recognition she has received.
“It is something that she has really worked for, I am happy that her accomplishments have not gone unnoticed and I am truly happy for her,” Ms Walters shares with JIS News in an interview.
Detective Lindo has moved up the ranks, having served the Mobile Reserve Unit, Crime Statistics Unit and currently serves the Inspectorate of Constabulary Division.
Her values, skills and commitment to her work have propelled her to represent the JCF in the United Nations, Liberia and Lebanon as a Peace Keeper.
The 2015 LASCO/ JCF Police Officer of the Year can often be found delivering presentations on gender-based violence in inner-city communities such as; Trench Town, Torrington Park and Tivoli Gardens to empower them.
Detective Lindo was also recognized by the public, as for the first time in the competition the organizers introduced a popular vote sectional award which she also copped with 2,677 votes.
“We did campaign for her to win the popular award competition on Facebook, and it really showed us how persons really appreciate her because persons from as far as Russia, Liberia and Lebanon were voting for her,” her daughter expresses.
Detective Lindo expressed joy for being recognized as the first winner of the popular vote competition. “I thought for one minute that I could be a Rosa Parks, and I got that opportunity [through this competition],” she says.
She explains that the votes from across the world encouraged her and conveyed a message that “whatever you are doing, continue to be that mediator, motivator, inspirational person and that was an eye opener for me.”
The 2015 LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year says she is humbled by the award.
“When I heard them describing the winner, I was just sitting there and listening for the punch line to confirm who they were really talking about. When they said that the winner was the longest serving member, that is when I realized that it was me,” she recalls.
The hard work does not stop here for Detective Lindo as she has plans to continue working in the communities while maintaining her duties as a Detective.
“Beginning very soon, I will have the other season of my radio programme on Roots FM, geared towards youth at risk. There is a cohort of boys from the Young Men Christian Association in Spanish Town who I have already have in training, going through different seminars gearing them up to be a part of the radio programme.
Detective Lindo tells JIS News that she will arrange further training for these young men so they can learn how to do the radio dramas, write poems and then deliver them on her programme.
“My intent is to try to change one behaviour, one mind at a time and if they can get my input and that of someone else, then what we will find is continuous behavior change.
She posits that young people is the best medium to send messages to other youngsters “because they are in the situations and can talk to others about it. They will listen to us adults, but from a young person to another it is a stronger message”.
Sergeant Lindo, who was among 11 police officers vying for top honours in the competition, walked away with the Police of the year award trophy and cash prize.
“I am so thankful to the Hon. Lascelles Chin and his team for really standing up with the JCF and to honour the work of the police and I salute him,” she says.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Inspector Delworth Heath who is also Detective Lindo’s supervisor, expresses delight for the 2015 LASCO/JCF Police Officer.
“It could not happen to anyone who is more deserving, she puts her all in what she does and she has a heart of gold. She is the harmonizer in the department, one of those persons who tries to help everyone; her total deportment is exemplary,” DSP Heath shares.
Her supervisor says that the only sad thing in all of her accomplishment is that the rest the team were not able to share in her achievement, “but the truth is, we were convicted in our spirit from the very get go that she would have landed it,” her supervisor reveals.
Detective Lindo was described as an unofficial Chaplin because of her firmly rooted Christian values.
In addition to maintaining her duties as a Detective, being an active member in her community and a beacon in inner-city communities, Ava Lindo is now reading for a degree in Theology.
Detective Woman Seargant Ava Lindo was announced as the 2015 LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year on Tuesday (March 24) at an award ceremony held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.
She took home the trophy along with a $250,000 cash prize.
Sergeant Randy Sweeney from the St. Catherine North Division was declared the first runner up in the 2015 LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year, while Sergeant Christopher Ward of the St. Mary Division placed third.
Founder and Executive Chairman, LASCO Affiliated Companies, Hon. Lascelles Chin says she is impressed with the personal achievements of this year’s contestants as they have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty.
“These awards represent our commitment to operating for more than profit and bottom line, more than employability and the economy. Any officer who makes it to the final stage represents the best of the JCF. We are therefore depending on you to uphold the ideals of the JCF,” Mr. Chin asserts.
The Police of the Year Award Programme was initiated in 2000 through a partnership between LASCO and the JCF.