Police officers were part of the many groups showing their care for the environment through beach cleanup activities in recognition of International Coastal Clean-Up Day 2019, Saturday, September 21.
“The security of our coasts has always been a top priority, and as a force for good, we expanded that focus on International Coastal Clean-Up Day to clean up those areas so that our citizens and visitors can safely enjoy our beaches and that marine life can flourish in unpolluted waters.” said the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Director, Nathelie Taylor.
She noted that the day’s activities further supported the Constabulary’s Beach Watch programme, first launched at the Greenwich Farm Fishing Village, Kingston in 2016 as a partnership effort with community members and fisherfolk for the reduction of criminal activities on beaches and the preservation of coastal areas.
Members from the JCF’s Community Safety and Security Branch, wearing JCF-branded T-shirts that read ‘I am a Force for Good – were among the volunteers who helped to pick up trash at that Fishing Village on the day.
Also at Beaumont Beach in St. Catherine, Police officers from the Marine Police Division, along with members of the Portmore Police Youth Club, joined representatives from the National Environmental Planning Agency (NEPA), the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), the Guardian Group, the Vocational Training Development Institution and fisher folk to rid the beach of various types of garbage
. Plastic bottles accounted for the majority of items littering the coast, but participants also found bags, tyres, tins and glass bottles.
Citing the effects of marine litter on everything from wildlife to tourism earnings, Olivia Anderson, of National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), said, “we hope that more Jamaicans, more often, not just on International Coastal Clean-Up Day, help to keep Jamaica clean.”