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December 16, 2013
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Momentous occasion for mother ... as sons graduate from Police Academy

Angela Valentine poses with her three sons, from left, Damion Anderson, Carlton Williams and Javel Vallentine, shortly after their graduation. - Contributed

It was a momentous occasion for mother of seven, Angela Valentine, as three of her sons, Damion Anderson, Carlton Williams and Javel Vallentine, graduated from the Jamaica Police Academy on Friday.

Valentine parted company with her sons who had become eligible for membership in the Jamaica Constabulary Force after months of intense assessments and selection procedure.

What has become a historic occasion began when all three applied to join the JCF after receiving the blessings from their mother. The young men, who hail from Clarendon, saw the JCF as an avenue through which they could achieve their goals and realise their potentials, while at the same time providing support for their mother and other siblings.

The occasion is historic as never in the history of the JCF have three siblings applied, trained and graduated together in the same batch.

The young policemen, who are all in their 20s, said they intend to make their mother and country proud while at the same time serving with integrity. Having completed their training, one will be transferred to the Traffic Division, while the other two will serve the Manchester Division.

Minister of National Security Peter Bunting praised the mother for allowing her sons to serve the country in a time when murders are on the rise and other young men are being recruited into criminal gangs. He also thanked her for making the sacrifice for her children so that they were able to complete training.

The brothers were a part of the 214 student constables (all males) of Batch 106, who graduated from the National Police College in Twickenham Park, St Catherine. They will be deployed almost immediately to bolster the police's operational capabilities for yuletide season.

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