Police bridge the gap in Bucknor
Clarendon stakeholders teamed up to host a walk-through and a youth empowerment programme (YEP) forum at the Bucknor Community Centre in May Pen last Saturday.
The event, which was spearheaded by Constable Leroy Chambers of the Clarendon Community Safety and Security Branch (CSSB), saw an impressive turnout as residents used the opportunity to play domino, netball and football.
Later on in the evening, they settled down for a forum on the topic 'Youth Development: What Can I Do?' with panellists from entities like the National Integrity Action, National Youth Service and Youth Innovation Centre.
Chambers, who is also one of the finalists in the Lasco Top Cop Award, said that he is troubled by some of what's happening in the parish, and Saturday's event was a way of reaching the youth.
"The intervention came as a result of the vulnerability of the group. Most of the violence across the parish is committed by youth and against the youth. The community was also selected based on its predisposition towards violence, in an effort to proactively mitigate against a possible flare-up," Chambers said.
However, he said that the group initially struggled to gain the trust of persons in the community.
"They became more receptive as soon as they felt and saw the genuine interest from the team. They expressed gratitude for the impactful intervention and indicated that they are motivated to do positive and encouraged to strive to make a difference in their community," said a pleased Chambers.
Chambers noted that last Saturday's initiative was not a one-off event, as he and the team from CSSB will be doing follow-up sessions aimed at the holistic development of the youth. Those sessions will include presentations on time management, conflict management and drug abuse.