JSIF bats for community policing
Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell (left) all smiles as he receives the donation from Social Development Manager at JSIF, Ms Mona Hue-So.
The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) demonstrated its support for the community policing efforts of the Jamaica Constabulary Force with the handing over of one million dollars’ worth of computer equipment and other supplies on Friday, July 10.
The items are to be shared amongst five police youth clubs in communities currently supported by JSIF’s Community Safety Project.
The clubs, one each in Clarendon and St. James and three in the corporate area, will undertake projects that will benefit the members of the police youth club as well as persons in the wider communities. Among them are a homework program and a sports-based program to support at-risk youth.
While delivering the opening remarks, the officer in charge of the Community Safety and Security Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ealan Powell, expressed gratitude for JSIF’s continued support and charged the members of the police youth club movement to be a more active force on the national scene.
“[The police youth club] is one of the longest standing movements, and so I am challenging the president and all the members to ensure that we take our place in society. I am challenging the youngsters and the leaders of the youngsters, to make these gifts count; let’s use them and use them well,” ACP Powell said.
In her address to the small gathering for the handing over ceremony at the headquarters of the Force’s Community Safety and Security Branch, Social Development Manager at JSIF, Mona Sue-Ho, had high praises for the CSSB team.
“I saw for the first time a very driven, a very competent and committed team that worked together with us assiduously to pull off a number of proposals for the [police youth clubs] and so today, I’m very grateful to you for really mobilising yourselves to take advantage of this funding opportunity,” she said.
Mrs Sue-Ho also used the opportunity to confirm that the JSIF’s support of the work of the Branch would continue, with the next project being the funding of a community-based music program, set to sound off in August.