25 cops honoured in Kingston Western division
Major General Antony Anderson
Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson, on Friday presented special awards to police officers from the Kingston Western division.
The cops were recognised and commended for their contributions and commitment in making the communities where they serve safer, during the division's annual conference and award ceremony at the Heart Trust Garmex complex in Kingston.
The police officers from the Dehnam Town, Trench Town, Admiral Town, Tivoli Gardens and Darling Street stations were in attendance as Anderson spoke at length on policing, despite challenges that the service faces.
“If you don’t have a passion for it, you won’t last. The fact that you all have lasted in the midst of the challenges is commendable,” Anderson said in telling the cops that policing is a career and not a job.
Officers were reassured of new technological advances to come on stream within the force to aid them in carrying out their duties more effectively. The technologies include an updated system to carry five times the amount of data island-wide, and the introduction of digital station records to replace over 30 paper-based registers.
Additionally, licence plate recognition cameras on police vehicles and traffic lights, are to be in place to assist in policing the nation’s roadways.
Anderson said the changes are scheduled to come on stream in the New Year.