Police lament shortage of positive leaders

General manager of Pan-American International Insurance Inc. Keith King, acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Erwin Boyce and Minister of Education Ronald Jones.
(From left) General manager of Pan American International Insurance Corporation Keith King, acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Erwin Boyce and Minister of Education Ronald Jones.

Assessments conducted by the police in several at-risk communities throughout the country, including New Orleans, have revealed a shortage of positive leaders.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Erwin Boyce, who made the disclosure yesterday, said the situation poses a challenge to their efforts to bring about change in the communities as part of their community outreach programme.

What we are finding when we do our community wellness report is that positive leadership is sometimes not forthcoming at the sped at which we want it to come. We find that . . . positive leaders are not coming forward in those communities and for us that is a big concern,” he said.

The acting assistant commissioner of police was speaking during the graduation ceremony for 20 children who took part in

Shonaria Gibson was among those who graduated yesterday. She was congratulated by Education Minister Ronald Jones.
Shonaria Gibson was among those who graduated yesterday. She was congratulated by Education Minister Ronald Jones.

the New Orleans Homework and Reading Assistance Project.

Efforts to drive programmes in communities must be led by leaders in that community and perhaps that is one of the challenges in terms of running [such] programmes,” the police official stated.

The project was undertaken in collaboration with the Pan American International Insurance Corporation at which Keith King is the general manager.

We believe that if we can help to develop a number of our youth in this community to take a number of the youngsters off the block we would have invested in the lives of many Barbadians,” King said during the ceremony.

He also sent a message to parents.

We are willing to help but you have to be willing to help from the homes. You have to provide encouragement that says when they don’t want to go, let us send them.”

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