Cops on track
Area Two Police sports day a success
It was a celebratory mood as police personnel from across St Ann, St Mary and Portland displayed their athletic prowess at the recent annual Area Two Sports Day held at the Noranda Sports Club in Discovery Bay.
From the highest to the lowest-ranked, law enforcers were not afraid to entertain their colleagues and members of the public who turned out to support the event.
After a very competitive day, St Ann police division emerged the champion with 372 points while St Mary and Portland finished second and third respectively, with 327 and 166 points each.
The top athlete of the competition was District Constable Michael Stewart from the St Mary Division. The 46-year-old defeated several of his younger colleagues to emerge on top. An elated Stewart said he never felt threatened by the younger athletes and was determined to do well. He was also named top male athlete for amassing 36 points in several events.
"I just go out there and do what I had to do," he said.
According to Stewart, he never expected to have taken the title but was delighted he did.
"I didn't get much training; I didn't get much time to prepare, I just put my all into it and it paid off," he told the Jamaica Observer North East .
Constable Sherene Bailey of the St Ann division was named the top female athlete scoring a total of 33 points.
"I am truly elated," said Bailey, who has been named the top female athlete for three years.
Bailey said she was motivated to do her best for the team.
"I am never going to let my team down," she added.
Janet Williams was another outstanding female athlete, having won both the 800m and 400m events.
St Mary were champions of the tug-o-war, defeating St Ann and Portland in that section.
Another highlight of the day was the Superintendents male race which was won by Superintendent Dudley Scott who finished ahead of Deputy Superintendent Dwight Powell and Superintendent Wayne Cameron. Also participating in that race was Superintendent Dean Johnson. The female superintendent race was won by Assistant Superintendent Velonique Campbell.
The Area Two top athletes will now be seeking to take the title at the national event to be held later this month in Kingston. Area Two was placed second last year and will be looking to better that position this year.
While the sports day was very competitive, Assistant Commissioner of Police and head of Area Two Ealan Powell who served as the sports co-ordinator said it was a day of fun for the police.
"It's about having fun and about enjoying themselves. It is their day; they want to enjoy it," he said.
ACP Powell also explained that team members are currently preparing for the national sports.
"Area Two is the only area outside the Corporate Area which has won this championship over the last 25 years," he said.
The policemen and women of that division, he said, are hoping to put on a strong fight at the national event with the intention of emerging champions.
The sports day, ACP Powell said, was a great morale booster for the police.
As for the support from the public, ACP Powell said this helped to build a good relationship between the police and citizens.
"It is engendering that partnership. It's about building partnerships and motivating the men and women in Area Two," he added.
ACP Powell said the prizes won by the athletes was also a great motivation for them.
Noranda, COMPLANT and Mystic Mountain were the three major sponsors of the event.
Superintendent Dudley Scott (front) defeated Deputy Superintendent Dwight Powell (left) and Superintendent Wayne Cameron (third) to take the male superintendent race.
Athletes participating in a parade.
Superintendent Yvonne Martin Daley (right) pose for a photo with the winning team, St Ann.
(top athletes) The top athletes DC Michael Stewart and Constable Sherene Bailey