Wonderful examples of service from Lasco and its police officer of the year

Thursday, May 10, 2018

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Mr Lascelles Chin is clearly a man who cares about his people, his community and country.

It's not for nothing that his Lasco Group of Companies commands a good vibe among Jamaicans. Indeed, we do not believe we overstate the case when we say that ordinary people have come to associate the company's line of food products with affordability, good nutrition and good health.

That sense that Lasco is not just about profit, but is consistently looking to protect its customers, has undoubtedly contributed to its strong growth and enviable business success down the years.

Beyond business at the superficial level, Lasco's caring approach comes across in good corporate citizenship and an enthusiasm for community and human development.

It's an approach which recognises that giving back is enlightened self-interest.

It should be recommended behaviour for all those, big and small, involved in the search for profit.

Perhaps no project more embodies Lasco's commitment to community and country than its long-running programme of recognising and rewarding public servants, including educators, health workers and police personnel.

In the latest instance, Constable Davian Martin was named this week as the Lasco/Jamaica Constabulary Force 2018/19 Police Officer of the Year.

Mr Chin notes that, “For 18 years, Lasco has been committed to making the men and women of the police force know that Lasco values their service and protection.”

His rationale for the annual recognition of specific professional groups speaks to his thoughtful understanding of the society's realities. Said he: “Our public service professionals — teachers, principals, nurses, and police officers — are the backbone of our democracy and way of life. They are at the core of all we do and they keep the wheels of a society in balance.”

News reports suggest that 26 year-old Mr Martin is one who plays a prominent role in helping to keep those wheels of society in balance.

A native of Burnt Savannah, Westmoreland, Constable Martin has been in the police force for seven years and is described as a strong community and youth advocate. We are told that he has previously been honoured for outstanding contribution to community policing. He is currently leader of the Mandeville Police Youth Club, piloting substantial growth in membership and organising fund-raising initiatives including a 5K run/walk in aid of the Mandeville Regional and Percy Junor hospitals. He is also credited for having initiated feeding programmes for street people.

We are struck by Mr Martin's insistence on making a difference in furtherance of community and country, and his encouragement to others not to drop their hands on contemplating the enormity of the task but to do their part.

Says he: “It is not easy to make a difference, but if you sit down every day and say you alone can't make a difference, then you will continuously be doing the same thing.”

Jamaica would be in a far better place if more of its people and corporations were to follow the examples being set by Lasco, led by the inspirational Mr Chin, and by dedicated individuals such as Constable Martin.




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