Community officers reach out to children’s home

| 16/08/2018
CNS Local Life

RCIPS officers and Frances Bodden Children’s Home staff

(CNS Local Life): Officers from the Bodden Town Community Policing Department (CPD) recently hosted a BBQ and fun day at the Frances Bodden Children’s Home for kids and staff. The Friday, 10 August, event was put together by PC Norice Artwell and AC Tameka Joseph-Ricketts, who organised food and activities for the children, including a water slide.

PC Artwell and the other Bodden Town CPD officers were also joined by members of the RCIPS senior command team, social workers from the Department of Children and Family Services and family members of the children at the home, stated an RCIPS press release. Community Police officers from North Side, West Bay and George Town also attended.

“The interaction of all the police officers with the youth greatly promoted helping the youth to appreciate the important role the police play in the community,” said house manager Maureen Jervis-Brooks. “It helped them to know that the police care about each of them being successful in their journey to achieving their full potential and being a credit to their families and to the community.”

The event was part of the Bodden Town CPD’s ongoing outreach initiatives at the home, said the press release. The boys at Frances Bodden participate in the IPAD-R (Identity, Purpose and Perseverance, Attitude, Destiny, and Respect) programme, which was initiated by PC Artwell, and the girls take part in the Big Sister programme, which was introduced by AC Joseph-Ricketts.

The programmes have been ongoing since June and the CPD officers meet with the children once a week to participate in various activities.

“Teamwork can never be underestimated,” said Sergeant Cornelius Pompey, head of the Bodden Town CPD, who commended PC Artwell and AC Joseph-Ricketts. “This collaborative effort has made a positive impression, especially with the children and workers at the Frances Bodden Children’s Home.”

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