Top cop to focus on youth development
Projects geared toward youth development will be the main focus of the new LASCO Police Officer of the Year for 2016/2017, Corporal Kimaryo Pinnock.
Corporal Pinnock, who was selected from 12 other colleagues, walked away with the award at a ceremony, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Thursday. His first project will be centred around values and attitudes, while the second is an interactive website, which plans to target "youth on the corner."
"They are geared toward the holistic development of youth in my community in St Thomas, and Jamaica in general," Pinnock said.
The corporal, who holds a Master of Science degree in workforce training and education and a Bachelor of Education in Technical vocational education and training from the University of Technology (UTech), says he is passionate about education and training.
He describes them as the "most important conduits in upward mobility for achieving optimal productivity."
Pinnock, who has been a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for the last 17 years, said the award has a significant meaning. For him, it represents a tangible symbol of the work he has put in, his worth, and his conduct in the force.
"It will serve as a motivational tool for me to even do better in the future, especially in support of the youth in my community," he says.
To prospective men and women seeking to join the JCF, Pinnock argues that it is the best avenue if they are desirous of giving quality service to their communities and the people of Jamaica.
To rid the JCF of corruption and to change the negative perception that some persons may have, Pinnock believes that engaging police officers in a robust education campaign of the disadvantages of corrupt practices is necessary.
Following his acceptance of the award, the LASCO top cop lauded the company's 16-year commitment to the development of the JCF and the nation at large.
He also thanked the LASCO Founder and Executive Chairman, Lascelles Chin, for his continued partnership with the JCF through the programme.
Police Commissioner, Dr Carl Williams, has urged Pinnock to walk proudly with the banner of the JCF aloft. He pointed out that the other 11 men are among the finest in the force and are no different from the other members.