Jamaica’s Police Officer of the Year says he is concerned about Jamaica’s crime problem but believes the only way it will be solved is if members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) work harder to win back the trust of the citizens of the country.
The 26-year-old police constable, Davian Martin, said with greater level of trust members of the public will be more willing to share what they know about crime and play their part in clamping down on criminals.
“Greater trust means greater participation and that is what is needed,” Martin said.
The policeman was speaking at the Jamaica Pegasus award function on Tuesday where he won the top prize. First runner-up in the competition was Sergeant Florezel Thompson while second runner-up was Constable Noel Chang. The top cop took home the trophy along with a $350,000 cash prize.
Sergeant Thompson, who serves within the Motorized Patrol Division, was awarded $250,000, while Constable Chang of the Mobile Reserve received $100,000.
Founder and Executive Chairman of the LASCO Affiliated Companies, Lascelles Chin, in his address to attendees said the increase in the prize monies represent the value of the service men and women to the group.
“For 18 years, LASCO has been committed to making the men and women of the force know that LASCO values their service and protection. Our public service professionals — teachers, principals, nurses, and police officers — are the backbone of our democracy and way of life. They are at the core of all we do and they keep the wheels of a society in balance,” said Chin.
The Police Officer of the Year Awards programme was initiated in 2000 through a partnership between LASCO and the JCF to publicly acknowledge the professionalism and dedication of the members of the force. Nine officers — eight men and one woman vied for the title of LASCO/JCF 2018/19 Police Officer of the Year, this year.