Police stations get first aid kits


June 20, 2016
Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams

Five police stations in the Corporate-Area have received first-aid kits in an aim to equip service vehicles with the requisite tools to offer care to victims at accident scenes.

The police stations are Matilda's Corner, Papine, August Town, Gordon Town and Grants Pen.

The 15 emergency- response trauma bags were handed over to the commissioner of police, Dr Carl Williams, by president of the Kiwanis Club of Liguanea, David Ellis, during a ceremony at the Commissioner's Old Hope Road offices in St Andrew Friday.

In expressing gratitude for the gifts, Dr Williams said they represent "a game-changer" in police operational emergency response and will enable them to continue being professional while undertaking their various tasks.

"Every member of the police force is a trained first-aider, and that is necessary because in our line of work, we come across a number of injuries (whether) from violence, motor vehicle accidents or (natural) disasters," he said.

He noted that oftentimes, police officers are the first-responders at scenes of accidents and as such the kits will ensure that they are "able to take care of the injured" until medical professionals arrive.

"This donation represents proper tools for police officers. This is a landmark move in equipping the police. They could very well be the difference between life and death for citizens of Jamaica," he said.

President of Kiwanis Club Liguanea David Ellis said the gift will go a far way in assisting officers to do their jobs effectively.

He said the club has embarked on the project to ensure that officers will have the vital tools needed in saving lives at accident scenes.

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