High praise and vacation offers for caring West Kingston cops
Two of the Kingston Western cops who have captured the imagination of Jamaicans, including corporate heads, for their selfless gesture in support of a mother in distress on New Year's Eve.
Advocacy group Sarah’s Children has partnered with the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) members Sandals, RIU and Round Hill to offer all-inclusive vacations to the three police officers who have been pictured on social media engaging in what has become one of the most noted feel-good stories of the New Year.
The three constables – Robert Franklin, Raniel Brown and Gilroy Edwards - who were also lauded by Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Tuesday, displayed the very acts which they swore to, in serving, protecting and reassuring. This they did by assisting a mother with the care of three of her children while she rushed a fourth child to the hospital on New Year’s Eve.
Franklin, Brown and Edwards are members of the Kingston Western Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) team that operates out of Denham Town in the capital city.
“Their serve, protect and reassure mission statement was brought to life, and humanity was demonstrated in their compassionate willingness to support this mother,” stated Dr Clover Brown, a spokesperson for Sarah’s Children.
Dr Brown added that the gesture showed the police officers’ commitment to service to the young, vulnerable, and impressionable ones – the children.
“While it is very easy for us to criticise our police officers when they err, it is not very often that we congratulate and publicly thank them for that difficult yeomen’s job that they do every day. Policing in Jamaica is not only a career, but… also a commitment to country,” she noted.
Omar Robinson, the JHTA President and General Manager of Round Hill Hotel; Adam Stewart of Sandals; and Niurka Garcia-Linton of RIU did not hesitate in offering to recognise the three lawmen.
“This kind gesture by these law enforcers is admirable, as they have gone above and beyond their call of duty to assist this mother of four in a time of need. Despite working under adverse conditions, they have shown compassion and empathy. As such, the JHTA would like to show our appreciation to these officers for continuing to do yeoman’s work,” said Robinson.
Stewart, in lauding the lawmen, said there is truly nothing wrong with Jamaica that cannot be fixed by what is right with Jamaica.
“These extraordinary police officers are indicative of what makes our country an incredible nation and shows our civil servants going above and beyond to protect and serve our country’s citizens. Selfless acts like these touch the hearts of all of us here at Sandals Resorts, and we wholeheartedly thank them for their efforts. Their actions speak volumes, and we look forward to hosting them at our resorts,” Stewart said.
The three constables, who are also to receive gift packages from J Wray and Nephew Limited, are to be transported by another sponsor, Knutsford Express, to the various resorts.
Sarah’s Children is an advocacy group which lobbies for better treatment of abused children and the elderly.