It’s all about your choices.
This was the underlying sentiment expressed by Sergeant Hallam Jemmott of the Royal Barbados Police Force to some 40 young people of Project SOFT (Safeguarding Our Future Today).
Jemmott encouraged the youth during a presentation on juvenile delinquency to think for themselves, rather than follow negative influences.
He emphasized that it all began with their perception of themselves, saying self-image depended on the level of respect they had for themselves and others.
The choices they made now, he advised, would determine the course of their future.
“Your thoughts become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become our lifestyle, your lifestyle becomes your reputation”, he told the young people.
Jemmott expressed concern over the increasing number of young people going before the law courts, telling Barbados TODAY: “They’re becoming involved in activities that they can avoid. It has to do again with their choices.”
The lawman said police officers regularly encountered youths who were aggressive, armed with offensive weapons, involved in substance abuse, or any combination of the three.
The 14th annual one-week residential camp, hosted by the National Council on Substance Abuse caters to 40 children who sat this year’s Common Entrance Examination and has as its theme: Know the Facts . . . Make the Choice.
The camp, which began on August 28, ends on September 3.