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Fun, food and laughter at police ‘Run a Boat’

Published:Sunday | December 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer
Assistant Commissioner of Police Devon Watkis (centre), Sergeant Patrick Needham (left) and Senior Superintendent Maurice Robinson (right) share jokes over a game of dominoes with residents of east Kingston at a ‘Run a Boat’ hosted by the Franklyn Town Police Station on Friday.

The usually stern demeanour of members of the police force was not on display in east Kingston on Friday, as personnel from various stations across the division hosted a 'Run a Boat' for the residents.

Hosted in several police divisions, 'Run a Boat' was one of the highlights of last week's Police Week 2018 celebrations.

Despite sporadic rain, east Kingston residents turned out at the Franklyn Town Police Station to enjoy the food, fun and laughter.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Devon Watkis stopped by and had to request some canned mackerel from a nearby shop, after discovering there was none being prepared along with the rice, chicken and other dishes. He gladly enjoyed his special delight, before picking up a quick 'six love' in a game of dominoes.

Over at the Harbour View Police Station, the yard was filled with happy police personnel as well as residents from near and far who enjoyed meals and liquor.

President of the Harbour View Citizens' Association, Orian Archat, told The Gleaner that he was proud of the service that the Harbour View police provide, despite limited resources, and explained that the initiative gives residents an opportunity to see the police in a good light.




"The community of Harbour View is an ever-changing one, and the police have played an integral role in the development of the community. Resources we have over here are woefully inadequate. We have seen the development of at least three major communities that fall under the responsibility of the Harbour View police," he said.

"I commend them for having this initiative. This is the first time I am seeing something of this nature happening. I know the police are ready, willing and able to play their part in enhancing the welfare of the community. The 'Run a Boat' initiative today is a big step in that direction."

The Vineyard Town police also hosted a 'Run a Boat'.