Praise the August Town Peace MissionWednesday, February 08, 2017
I wish to extend congratulations to the citizens of the communities within August Town and its environs for accomplishing a murder-free 2016.
Similarly, these kudos should be extended to those individuals and institutions that provided leadership, support and feedback of reinforcement to the cause and continued goals around common objectives of peace and love.
On Sunday, February 5, 2017, I participated in a march and peace tour with the citizens, support groups, community organisers, local police and divisional team members, principal of The University of the West Indies Archibald McDonald and members of the senior staff, the clergy, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, and local political representatives in the persons of Member of Parliament Fayval Williams and Councillor Venesha Phillips of the August Town Division.
As I undertook the journey, it was evident that the purpose of the tour bears relevance to the achievements of these communities for the celebration of a peaceful and murder-free 2016.
This is worthy of celebration since Jamaica has experienced a continuation of violence over successive years. What was clear is the passion, symbolic values and pride of working together to achieve peace, reduce violence and organise the citizens of the community around one mission — maintaining an environment of respect, peace and violence elimination.
In my role as leader of a team of police personnel within divisions of Area 4, we fully endorsed the peace and pledged on behalf of all police officers and by extension the Jamaica Constabulary Force, our continued support for this mission now dubbed the August Town Peace Mission.
As I extend my congratulations, please allow me reflection in the form of this little expression written from the heart of policemen in celebration of a model for adoption:
"Listen this Jamaican man, woman, children and gang man,
take note of the August Town Peace Motion.
The whole 2016 gone, not a single citizen fall victim to murder,
because we hold the order.
Whether by knife, stone or gun, this represents a job well done.
So listen this Jamaican man, woman, children and gang man,
Time to get rid of the violence from youth actions.
Change the conversation and get involved with the August Town Peace Mission,
embrace it as a model of adoption.
Come on generation, make this peace plan similar to the "Hebrew one",
who say 3 x 4 equates to "Jah score".
This is the time to say no more.
Never before all a wi tour and willing to endure the sacrifices of life,
once it suffice to save even one life.
Many conflicts occurred, but we never allow it to enter our doors,
we just push out the peace mission tour and get citizens reassured.
Thanks to the team players: Milton, the organiser; Venesha, wi counsellor; motivation from Ms Williams; and the man "Sizzla" icon of the August Town Peace Mission still a galang; a model for full adoption.
Don’t forget the citizens’ participation and role of our youth man; because all hands are needed to carry this peace plan.
Make it a model for us to understand as the August Town Peace Mission.
So come on board, my Jamaicans, let’s rid the land of murders and violent actions; fully adopt this mission as 2017 Peace Plan.
This a the August Town Peace Mission, say thanks to the University for their assistance and come on man mek we lead this one.
Peace and justice Jamaican, it’s a gift from a policeman."
Assistant commission of police, Area 4
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