Hon. Dr. Patricia Dunwell, Custos Rotulorum of St. Andrew
Matilda’s Corner District Consultative Committee Launch.
Senior Superintendent Charmine Shand, who heads the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offenses and Child Abuse (CISOCA), is calling on parents and guardians to be more vigilant in monitoring their children’s use of online space in order to prevent them from falling victim to predators.
Superintendent Shand was delivering the keynote address at the launch of the Matilda’s Corner District Consultative Committee (MCDCC), at the office of the Commissioner of Police on Saturday April 10, 2021. The event was a collaboration between the Parish Consultative Committee (PCC) of St. Andrew, an initiative in the Ministry of National Security and the St. Andrew Justices of the Peace Association (SAJPA).
At the hybrid event, with location at The Police Commission’s Office on Old Hope Road, Shand also urged parents to monitor children at nights, because when they are off to bed, children are busy taking pornographic photographs to satisfy the demands of online predators.
“These photos are sometimes circulated on various social media platforms and will have negative psychological impact on victims for the rest of their lives.” “Children should never be blamed for these crimes; it is the perpetrators who are responsible for these crimes and their effect,” she argued, noting that in most incidents of abuse, the perpetrators are known to their victims.”
This collaboration is seeking to coordinate strategies and programmes to promote and improve quality of life at the parish and community levels, as well as to rebuild the relationship between the police and citizens.
The aim and scope of work at the Matilda’s Corner District Consultative Committee (MCDCC) is to focus on Domestic Violence and Community & Youth Development as well greater collaboration with police and the citizens. Two outstanding young ambassadors – Otis Williams and Aisha Hewitt, were identified and sashed. The two Sandy Park residents were chosen for being hardworking, enthusiastic and committed to the development of their community.
Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, welcomed the partnership between his Ministry and the Ministry of National Security and noted that there are many benefits to be derived from this strong community-police engagement.
And Education, Youth and Information Minister, Fayval Williams, expressed pleasure at being part of the initiative and pledged to do her best to assist in all capacities to ensure that it is successful.
Julian Robinson, Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Andrew and David Tulloch, caretaker for North East St. Andrew also pledged their support in ensuring the sustainability of the programme.
Custos of St. Andrew Dr. Patricia Dunwell, chairperson of the Parish Consultative Committee which oversees the District Consultative Committee (DCC), in emphasizing the importance of the collaboration between the police and citizens in the fight against crime and violence, said she very pleased to spearhead this initiative and looked forward to the positive impact this will have in these communities. She also said that statistics show that 17 percent of our serious crimes are due to domestic violence and 79 percent are as a result of gang warfare.
She reminded the public that the Ministry of Justice has eighteen (18) Restorative Justice Centers and numerous Child Diversion Committees all focusing on settling disputes and providing mentorship and support. She, therefore, implores all Jamaicans to utilize these support systems.
Mrs. Elaine Brouers, Chairman of the Matilda’s Corner DCC received the Certificate of Declaration from Hon. Dr. Patricia Dunwell, Custos of St. Andrew.
Also participating in the launch were: Marlon Nesbeth, Senior Superintendent, St. Andrew Central Division; Bertlyn Plummer, Chairman of the District Consultative Committee, Team lead and Secretary at the Parish level, Doreen Buchanan, Janet Coore-Farr, Board member, Vivian Crawford, Master of Ceremonies, Khadeja Hylton, Secretary Matilda’s Corner DCC, and Yvonne Clarke, Board member.
Sponsors were: USAID, FLOW, INC, General Foods, Jamaica Diaspora Magazine, and Law offices of Bishop Law & Associates.