Fulfilling their social responsibility, 49 Barbadian and Anguillan recruits from the Regional Police Training Centre [RPTC] will be participating in a month-long community outreach project to assist those in need.
The aim of the project is to “put a human face to what policing is all about”, revealed public relations officer with the Royal Barbados Police Force, Acting Assistant Superintendent David Welch.
Welch highlighted that it was the responsibility of the Force to not only solve crimes and arrest offenders, but to assist those citizens who may be in dire need of help.
The project, which timely occurs during the 60th anniversary celebrations of the RPTC, was conceived by the youngest recruit at the centre and came to life due to the assistance of Commandant Sylvester Louis, and lecturer and Chairman of Crime Stoppers Latin America and Caribbean Julie Dash.
With Dash’s support, over $30, 000 in cash and time was accumulated by 55 donors towards the project.
Twenty challenged households will be receiving repairs, renovations and donations, such as toiletries and household items due to the charitable efforts of the RPTC and Dash.
One of these lucky house owners was Genetha McCarthy, an 83 year-old pensioner residing in Moncrieffe St. John.
Thankful for extensive renovations being to her home, the St. John resident was overcome with emotion as she tearfully thanked the officers and Dash for the much needed assistance.
“I feel so glad . . . I was asking every since for it to do since . . . 27 years ago,” said a tearful McCarthy.
McCarthy added that due to her bad knees, she was unable to walk up the six stairs outside her home, much less do the repairs herself.
“I work from the time I was nine years old, and I had 2 operations [on her feet] so I cannot do nothing now,” she said. (KK)