For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Detective Sergeant Ava Lindo cops LASCO/JCF Police of the Year Award
KINGSTON, Jamaica; Detective Woman Sergeant Ava Lindo of the Inspectorate of Constabulary Division was announced as the LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year 2015/2016 at the annual awards luncheon on Tuesday, March 24 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Detective Lindo, whose division falls under the Services Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), took home the Police of the Year Trophy along with a $250,000 cash prize. Sergeant Randy Sweeney from St. Catherine North Division was named 1st runner-up and awarded $200,000 while Sergeant Christopher Ward of St. Mary Division, 2nd runner-up received $100,000.
A member of the JCF for over 18 years, Detective Sergeant Lindo enlisted in 1997 after being employed as a pre-trained teacher at the May Pen High School. She has steadily moved up the ranks and has served in various divisions such as the Mobile Reserve and Crime Statistics Units. Lindo embraces balance in her professional and personal life, and is pursuing a Degree in Theology even as she remains an active member of her community as mediator, mentor and caregiver to several community members. Lindo also frequently educates and empowers groups through presentations about gender-based violence.
Founder and Executive Chairman, LASCO Affiliated Companies, Lascelles Chin, is impressed with the personal achievements of this year’s contestants, who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty.
“These awards represent our commitment to operating for more than profit and the bottom line, more than employment and the economy. Today is for celebration. This is the day we relax and honour the achievements of those who wear their Police Officer’s badge and the LASCO Badge of achievement, with honour. Any Officer who makes it to the LASCO finalist stage, represents the best of the JCF. You are the future of the JCF. We are therefore counting on you to uphold the ideals of the JCF.”
Detective Women Sergeant Ava Lindo also received thumbs up from the public, securing the highest number of votes for LASCO Police of the Year Popular Vote Award hosted on the LASCO Distributors facebook page. The social media community was invited to vote for their favourite finalist, which saw Lindo receiving more than 2,000 votes. The competition was introduced to engage public opinion on who they believe should be Jamaica’s Top Cop, based on their community involvement and contribution.
The Police of the Year Awards Programme was initiated in 2000 through a partnership between LASCO and the JCF to publicly acknowledge the professionalism and dedication of the members of the force. Lindo has now joined a band of elite officers who proudly wear the badge LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year.
The selection process for the LASCO/JCF Police of the Year Award identified outstanding persons from the Divisional and Area levels before having eleven finalists selected for the National level. The finalists participated in a week of activities to build camaraderie, share experiences and best practices. During this week, the finalists were accommodated at Christar Villas, which has been partnering with LASCO for the past five years.
The programme also seeks to encourage community involvement and social awareness. To this end the finalists participated in a clean-up project at the Marie Atkins Night Shelter. This activity saw participants serving breakfast to the homeless and painting the institution’s dining hall in an effort to lift the spirits of the residents and visitors.
The finalists demonstrated their public speaking skills, through presentations at a luncheon hosted at the LASCO Offices. Following this evaluation process, a final panel interview was conducted to select the LASCO/JCF Top Cop and the second and third place winners.