Police to host concert, sports day in St James
ALBION, St James — The Area One police say they will be using two upcoming events in St James to foster a better relationship with residents in western Jamaica.
The two events, a concert and a sports day, form part of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF’s) 150th anniversary celebrations.
“We have always done hardcore policing. So, this is the softer side of policing to reach out to the communities and the various cross-section of St James... Area One on a whole, that they may view the police in a different light and as such bring communities closer to the police...” Deputy Superintendent of Police in charge of the Hanover Community Safety and Security Branch, Ainsley McCarthy, said.
DSP McCarthy, who was supported by other police officers from Area One, was speaking at a press conference on Wednesday at the Social Development Commission (SDC) building on Albion Road in St James.
The free two-hour concert is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm on March 25 at Sam Sharpe Square, while the sports day, which is opened to the public, is to be held on the April 27 at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in the parish.
The police Area One is made up of the parishes of St James, Trelawny, Hanover, and Westmoreland.
While pointing out that police officers will be singing and performing as deejays at the concert, DSP McCarthy also made it clear that the concert is not being used as a means of forgetting crime.
“This concert is aimed at just togetherness for the people, basically, not to forget about the crime situation, because we can’t forget about the crime situation. But, we also have to realise that in the midst of everything, we have to continue our normal lives,“ he said. “So, we want people to realise that, yes, crime is there, but it cannot prevent us from going about our normal lives, doing what we do on a daily basis.”
In relation to the sports day, DSP McCarthy said police officers will be participating but the event will be open to the public to participate too.
He also moved to assure people who would want to venture to St James but are concerned about the parish’s crime problem.
“I can assure you that the streets of St James are no different than in any other parish. They (killings) are random acts like anywhere, but the streets of St James are as safe as any other place,” DSP McCarthy said.
— Anthony Lewis