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July 21, 2014
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Police hold youth camp for 49 St Catherine children
Rasbert Turner, Star Writer

Assistant Commissioner Novelette Grant, has implored members of the St Catherine Police Behaviour Modification camp that they are able to make the changes necessary for their survival.

Grant, who is in charge of Area Five, told the 49 campers at the Harewood Primary School near Riversdale, last Tuesday, that they must use their minds positively in the things they do daily and avoid peer pressure which is not positive.

''You were brought here to get a respite from the negative environment and we are very glad that your parents and guardians trust us to help instill discipline in you. We are sure that when you shall have left here the things you are taught will be an asset to you, but, first you must believe that you can do it,'' ACP Grant said

The camp, which forms part of the Community and Safety branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, was aimed at intervening in the lives of youth from a wide cross section of the parish.

challenged communities

The 10 girls and 39 boys were taken from Tawes Pen, Jones Avenue, Tredegar Park, McCooks Pen and other challenged communities divided by politics and other anti-social activities.

According to co-ordinator, Corporal Fabian McKnight, the aim of the camp was to teach the campers conflict resolution, music and basic social skills along with drills .

Corporal McKnight said the programme has been a blessing as many who were truants and carried out other acts of indiscipline have changed their path and some have even joined the police force and are doing well.

He said the success rate is encouraging and there is the desire to make it a two-week course, however it has to be cut to one week due to lack of supplies.

''I am very glad for the camp it made me realise that when I was going to school I should have done more and I do know that I will have to grab the opportunity of any second chance that I get,'' Ricardo Hunter a member of the cadet corps said.

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