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Aug 10, 2015

Jane Usher Boulevard Feels the Love from Police Department

But the unavailability of jobs and opportunities are among the root of the problem says Senior Superintendent Chester Williams. With initiatives like these, it is expected that several departments and agencies will be able to get into these communities and reach the marginalized. And on Sunday, another family sports day was held – this time at the Jane Usher Boulevard Basketball Court.  Over two hundred persons came out to support six basketball teams that participated; Gunners won first place, AGS second and UNO took third place. The other three teams were Through the Hole, Spanish Town and It No Matter. Regional Commander Chester Williams and Public Relations Coordinator, Douglas Hyde spoke about the success of the initiative saying that the change in the young men who perpetuate crime can happen, but it will take time.

 

Douglas Hyde

Douglas Hyde, PR Coordinator, Eastern Division

“Yesterday, over two hundred persons showed up. We had six basketball teams that participated. Comparing that to Mayflower, we had four teams that participated. And these were persons that not only came to eat, but to watch the games. This was amazing. Behavioral change; it is not an easy task. You are talking about years and years of these young men going through many challenges. Some of them have been neglected by their families, by their own parents…some of them have been literally pushed away; some of these young men, people look at them as nothing. The expectation of some of these guys from the neighborhood…we expect them to be murders and all kinds of negative things. That is a deep behavioral change and that won’t happen overnight; that won’t happen in one or two activities.”

 

Chester Williams

Sr. Supt. Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“These young people have talent. And what I found out is that many of them are high school graduates, some of them have associates degrees, but they are stuck in that lifestyle; they want an outlet. So what we want to do—myself Miss Finnegan and Dougie—we want to see how we can try and get something for them, even a recording studio, that these young people can produce the music that they are singing and make money from it. I wish you can get a copy of their CD Duane; honestly I was blown away yesterday. The talent that these people displayed, it was awesome.”

 

Duane Moody

“So would you say that it is certain factions within the area that are the perpetuators of these crimes?”

 

Sr. Supt. Chester Williams

“Yeah and these people that I am talking about are some of these same people whose names are being called in these criminal activities.  So yes, they are living a life of crime, but they have pledged and they have shown that they want to change that way of life. And what we are doing for them is to provide that avenue to make sure that they make that change.”

 

In two weeks, Williams says that they will join with the community policing efforts in the Caesar Ridge area and put off another family day at the Cumberbatch Field with football and basketball competitions. Williams also said that the Mesopotamia Police Station will be reopened on Friday. 

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