Constable Chambers answers the call ... Cop making a difference at May Pen Primary
Constable Leroy Chambers, who is attached to the Community Safety and Security Branch (CSSB) in the Clarendon Police Division, has taken his involvement with the police youth club to another level.
The cop, who coordinates police youth club activities across Clarendon, has primary responsibility for the club that has been established at May Pen Primary School.
“Students attending the school are from troubled communities plagued with crime and violence. Some of these students also have a negative perception of the police, based on the culture in the community,” Chambers said.
Chambers, who hails from St Andrew, spent most of his formative years in the Eltham Park community and is a past student of Wolmer’s Boys’ School.
His involvement in community outreach began after he enrolled at the University of the West Indies. He said that while he was at the Mona campus, he acted as a mentor to persons living in and around the August Town community.
“My interactions with my mentees had a positive impact where I assisted with literacy challenges, which served to empower them and also modified their behaviours,” Chambers said.
He told THE STAR that the act of providing mentorship to students from August Town proved to be a rewarding experience.
“This has also motivated me to continue working to help transform the lives of others where possible ... as I do it for the love and not the like,” he said, borrowing a line from Chronixx’s popular song.
After enlisting in the police force in July 2013, and receiving the opportunity to work in the CSSB branch as a community officer, Chambers said he welcomed the opportunity as it was in line with his philosophy.
“The awesome task of being the divisional police youth club coordinator has afforded me the opportunity of working directly with the youth in the various communities and schools; and has led to the formation of various police youth clubs across the division,” Chambers said.