JCF throws support behind ‘Read Across Jamaica’ initiative
JCF members supporting youth development
Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will today be visiting a number of educational institutions across the island to participate in ‘Read Across Jamaica Day’.
The Read Across Jamaica initiative that will be observed in schools on Tuesday, May 09, is being led by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information - seeks to help advance literacy and the love of reading in children.
This year’s observation is being held under the theme: “Literacy Matters - Read aloud, promote collaboration and confidence in children.”
The Constabulary Communication Unit, the information arm of the JCF, in a release stated that today members from several geographic divisions will read to students in scores of early childhood and primary level schools across the island.
Some of the locations where police men and women will be coming from to participate in the initiative includes the Commissioner’s Office, the Community Safety and Security Branch (CSSB), the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), The Area 4 Chaplaincy Branch, the Inspectorate of Constabulary (IOC) and the CCU.
JCF Director of Corporate Communications Nathalie Taylor, in underscoring the importance of the day, notes, “As the nation's law enforcement body, we recognise the need to fully engage our children in positive activities from a young age in order to stimulate their development. So police officers will use this opportunity to read to students a special JCF-created story among other selections of their choosing.”
CCU stated that one of the stories to be read is entitled Big Ivy’s Turn Around and was scripted by Woman Constable Kayla Keane of the CCU. The story focuses on promoting kindness and respect in children.