The Jamaica Police Academy (JPA) recently added 177 constables to the contingent of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) when Batch 101 during a passing out parade at the Twickenham Park training depot. President of Northern Caribbean University (NCU) Dr. Trevor Gardner charged the constables to enter the realm of law enforcement with a new vision and will power to provide service above self. The batch which had a cadre of 50 female constables was significant not only for the JCF but also that which helped in signifying the fifth year of Jamaica’s independence.
The 23rd president of NCU shared with the constables and the large number of well-wishers at the event to ‘smile’ in the sun. The academician used ‘smile’ as an acronym in sharing with the newest batch of law enforcement personnel, service, morality, integrity, loyalty, and effectiveness. “Service is the best way to find yourself and this passion ought to be rendered without the intention of getting something in return,” Gardner posited.
NCU President Dr. Trevor Gardner charges the new constables to give service above self to the nation
He continued, “morality must not be pleased in a relativity context, as this must govern your every action. The people of this nation are depending on you to make a difference in their lives. Please note though that every departure from this standard of morality belittles the JCF, and to the contrary the high standards by which we as a nation hold you as enforcers of the law of this land.”
Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington concurred with Gardner in supporting the role that law enforcement officer in helping to build Jamaica. He was quick to point out, “policing a nation is not just dependent on the dedicated men and women of the JCF but there is a lot more that citizens can do and the activities that they get involved in on a regular basis. The police have remain very focused and continues to do our part in maintaining laws and the values and morals of this our country.”
Gardner chided the constables in living up to the high morals and values which the entire nation is expecting of them. He added, “confidentiality is a virtue of the loyal and loyalty is a virtue of faithfulness, so with this in mind, continue to be mindful that your service to this nation is indispensable.”
A squad from the Batch 101 of the JPA pose with NCU President Dr. Trevor Gardner (seated - second left), Commissioner Owen Ellington (2nd right), Assistant Commissioner of Police in Charge of Training Clifford Blake (right) and Commandant of JPA Superintendent Merrick Watson (left) following their passing out parade recently
Gardner was eager to point out to the new constables their oath of office, “you must establish your own values and live by them as you serve your nation with virtue. Stand in the breech and help this nation again in believing in the JCF and the values on which this august organization was established. If I had to trust two entities in this nation, the police would be one. The nation believe in you, give of your best as your contribution it Jamaica and to God.”
NCU vice president of Academic Administration Dr. Marilyn Anderson was on hand to present the constables who were trained in the para-professional counseling by Behavioural Sciences department their certificates.
Eight constables were recognized during the pomp and pageantry for different areas during the training period. For the best Christian principles, Woman constable Alma Bryce and Constable Lincoln Whyte, best leadership qualities, Constables Dane Vassell and Marvel Whitley, best shot, Constables Rolando Swaby and Omar Pennant, and highest mark obtained Woman Constable Kerron Robinson and Constable Howard Morris.