Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson (left), in discussion with Head of the St. James Police, Superintendent Vernon Ellis (centre) and Immediate Past President of the St. James Lay Magistrates’ Association, Claudette Bryan, at the closing ceremony for the Salt Spring Summer Camp, at the Salt Spring Primary and Infant School, in St. James on Friday (August 16). PHOTO BY: Nickieta Sterling/JIS Photo
Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, has described a four-week summer camp just ended in St James as representing the JCF’s commitment to establish a meaningful relationship between communities and the police.
“This is really the JCF believing in you as the community of Salt Spring and you as the children of Salt Spring. This is how we see our role as police officers…so we can make people’s lives better,” the Commissioner said.
He was speaking Friday, at the end of a summer camp in Salt Spring, one of the depressed communities in St James, often associated with violence. The camp began on Monday, July 22 at the Salt Spring Primary and Infant school, in Montego Bay, and forms part of social intervention efforts by the St. James Police Division.
About 120 children benefitted. Those targeted were from 6 to 17 years of age and they were engaged in educational and extra-curricular activities, as well as motivational talks, geared at promoting proper etiquette and positive values and attitudes.
The Commissioner commended residents for their commitment to maintaining the sense of peace that now exists in the community.
Meanwhile, Immediate Past President of the St. James Lay Magistrates’ Association, Claudette Bryan, lauded the JCF for organizing the camp.
“Today is an awesome day and I want to give my commendations and congratulations to the JCF for putting on such a fine programme for our children in this part of St. James. So, I say high praises to you for organizing and executing this awesome summer camp,” she said.
JIS News said the summer camp was held under the theme: ‘Peace, love, unity and trust’. It was supported by the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), Social Development Commission (SDC), Peace Management Initiative, Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and several private sector entities, including Chukka Foundation, Margaritaville, Rain Forrest Seafood and Barnett Estate Limited.