Wednesday, March 5 – Three students were awarded prizes last week at a prize giving ceremony for the third annual Police Week Essay Competition.

Primary school students around the BVI were invited to participate in the competition by composing an essay on the topic: ‘Police need the cooperation from all members in our communities.’

Prizes, which were sponsored by the law firm Harneys, went to first place winner D’Nae Daniel of the Agape Total Life Academy, the second place winner was Caliyah Charles of the Willard Wheatley Primary School and the third winner Jared Jones of the Agape Total Life Academy.

At a prize giving ceremony at Police Headquarters, Commissioner of Police David Morris expressed how well all the submitted essays highlighted the importance of police and residents engaging to the fight against crime.

He particularly endorsed the first place winner’s essay entitled, ‘It takes a village to bring up a child but it takes a community to stop crime.’  “It is community effort and I am happy that even young people like D’Nae are aware that the community must work together to reduce crime and maintain public tranquillity,” he noted.

Deputy Commissioner Alwin James expressed his gratitude to all schools and students who participated in the contest this year. He congratulated the winning students on a job well done in tackling this challenging topic.

Shonda Leacock who attended on behalf of the law firm Harneys noted how proud Harneys was to be a part of a youth-based programme such as this that emphasises writing and communication skills which are so critical for success.

The winners received prizes which included a tablet computer, digital camera and a gift certificate redeemable at the National Educational Bookstore. Cedar International School was for the second year in a row the recipient of a cheque in the sum of $500 for the most of entries.

Police Week 2014 ended this past Saturday, 1 March 2014 and was celebrated under the theme “Crossing the cultural barriers to better serve our neighbourhoods.”