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  • Students of Barnes Basic School, in Kingston, are the recipients of a new computer and other items donated by outgoing Lasco Top Cop of the Year 2015/16, Detective Sergeant Ava Lindo.
  • Prior to this donation, several desks and chairs were sourced through Food for the Poor for the students as part of her project during her reign.
  • For her part, Inspector of Police at the Community Safety and Security Branch with responsibility for the Welfare Office, Yvonne Williams, told JIS News that the top cop has raised the bar for prospective recipients of the award.

Students of Barnes Basic School, in Kingston, are the recipients of a new computer and other items donated by outgoing Lasco Top Cop of the Year 2015/16, Detective Sergeant Ava Lindo.

A desktop computer, exercise books and pencils were handed over to the school on March 23, which will benefit the 46 students and three teachers at the institution.

“I am so overwhelmed, words cannot explain how I feel. Since we met Sergeant Lindo, she has been the star that shineth in this institution. My staff is happy and I am happy because this will help to enhance the students’ exposure to information technology,” Principal of Barnes Basic, Debbie-Ann Prince told JIS News in an interview.

Prior to this donation, several desks and chairs were sourced through Food for the Poor for the students as part of her project during her reign.

“I really appreciate what she has done. It is a good look for the Force. The children are not afraid of the police…seeing them in this manner encourages them, as well as to inform them that the police are there to serve, protect and reassure them of their safety,” the Principal said.

Ms. Francis said she anticipates that come Career Day next month, the majority of students will be dressed like police officers as usual, “because they have a positive image of them.”

“They see the regular patrols, and Sergeant Lindo has added to that positive image for them by coming into the school and giving back to them,” she said.

Meanwhile, Ms. Lindo informed JIS News that she has been working with the basic school for three years through a church outreach programme.

“My church is close by and I have had the young people from there engage in community activities here. We have done Labour Day projects and other activities here. So, I thought it prudent to adopt this school as part of my project for the year of my reign and continue with the work that I am doing,” she said.

For her part, Inspector of Police at the Community Safety and Security Branch with responsibility for the Welfare Office, Yvonne Williams, told JIS News that the top cop has raised the bar for prospective recipients of the award.

“Sergeant Lindo is a community oriented person; she is very kind and is always willing to work hard to change lives. She has provided amenities to the education and health sectors. Her year of reign is very successful and some of her activities will outlive the year. I believe the next top cop will have a mammoth task because of the trend that our Sergeant Lindo has set,” she said.

The items donated to the school were sourced through the Community Safety and Security Branch’s Welfare Office and Lasco, the main sponsors of the competition, as well as Royale Computers.