Tuesday, August 16 – Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews yesterday welcomed the company of a group of young people whose only mission at Police Headquarters was to donate breathalyzers for traffic officers who suspect drivers to be over the legal alcohol limit.
The Reaching Out Foundation, which are made up of youths from the seventh and eighth district, are supporting the work of the Royal Virgin Police Force in their Summer Road Safety Campaign through their donation. The members, at the same time, took the time to express their desire to see positive change in the Territory.
President Kevon Lettsome stated that he particularly liked the Commissioner’s choice to reeducate and warn drivers and riders in the first instance rather than imposing penalties immediately. “I like that you didn’t bring down the hammer one time on people’s head but you gave people a chance to get their act together before you ticket them,” Lettsome noted.
At yesterday’s presentation, Lettsome was joined in the Commissioner’s Office by his Vice President Chezley Stoddard, Advisor Dr. Shakima Stoutt and Treasurer Shamoy Davis who each shared their vision for the group.
The group expressed their desire to see young people particularly from the seventh and eighth districts find a way to infiltrate generational barriers and preconceived limitations about their importance and ability to contribute to bringing about positive change in their communities.
Members of the Reaching Out Foundation noted that the donation of the breathalyzers is one step toward the goal of becoming relevant in the society.
The Commissioner expressed his delight at being in the company such a passionate and expressive group of young people.
“I am very encouraged not only that you made this purchase but that you took time out to visit me and make a personal presentation. I love the passion and love you express for this Territory and I look forward to continued dialogue with you on other matters related to how we police and keep you safe,” Matthews stated.
He noted that the group’s donation had given him the push to ask that the legislation for the use of breathalyzers be moved forward.
All in attendance received the Commissioner’s personal business card with his contact information.