Above Rocks police host medical fair
Scores of residents from Above Rocks in St Catherine recently benefited from medical, dental and other services, courtesy of the Above Rocks police.
The effort was to strengthen the police's community outreach as a way of fostering a good relationship with the residents they serve.
"We find it very important to help these persons access health care as it is a poor farming community and most could not afford these services, or even the fare to go elsewhere. So we brought the service to them," Corporal Kenneth McTavish said.
McTavish said that members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's medical branch formed part of the team assisting with the health-care effort.
He said that the police have enjoyed a good relationship with most of the communities, but with a focus on community policing, the outreach is one way of getting the confidence of the residents.
Councillor Neil Powell of the Above Rocks division endorsed the activities, saying they were being very instrumental in fostering police-community relations.
"The division is a unique one where some residents do not even know the adjacent district. Therefore, the event is great to help these persons get the help right at their doorsteps," Powell said.
In addition to health care, there was an exposition by Guardian Life Insurance and the police which educated persons on the values of being law-abiding citizens.