Peace for Champs to spread its wings
Local authorities are planning to introduce the Peace for Champs campaign to organisers of other sporting events across the country.
Head of St Andrew Central Police Division, Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey yesterday said authorities were serious looking at the idea following succesful results reaped under the inittiative in the ISSA Boys' and Girls' championship.
"Six years ago before the launch of the Peace for Champs campaign violence in schools, especially among students participating or supporting the championship, was a major concern," said Bailey.
Police said since the the Peace for Champs Campaign was launched there has been significant reduction in incidents in schools.
"The initiative was so successful this year there were no reported cases of violence at any of the schools participating in the ISSA Boys' and Girls' Championship," said Bailey.
"The reports were similar to those of last year," said Bailey.
Bailey said following the positive results authorities were looking to introduce the idea to organisers of other sporting events across the island not just in athletics.
Details of those plans are to be disclosed at a later date.
Suprintendent Bailey made the comment as a team of police officers escorted more than 100 students from 39 schools on a march from Tom Redcam Library to the National Stadium where the Championships are being held.
Ambassadors of the public awareness programme launched by Security Minister Peter Bunting 'Unite for Change' also participated in the initiative.
The students with their school banners and musical instruments traveled along Arthur Wint drive, down Mountain View Avenue to National Stadium through the eastern gate.
Students participate in the Peace for Champs march in Kingston on Friday. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)