Ministry of Social Development and Family Services on the road with the TTPS
"Boundless faith in our destiny". That was the phrase used by Senior Superintendent Zamsheed Mohammed to describe the shared belief and combined efforts of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and the Pan American Development Foundation Resistance and Prevention Programme (RAPP) to make communities safer.
On Saturday July 28th, 2018, the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services, joined the TTPS Community Police , Victim and Witness Support and Child Protection Unit, the Police Youth Club, the Red Cross Society, PADF, the Ministry of Community Development - Mediation Division and the Civilian Conservation Corps, to host a community outreach initiative at St. Benedict's College in La Romain.
Communities of La Romain and environs were invited to come out to the activity as part of the aim to bring the community together for a day of healthy fun activities, including a game of basketball, bouncy castles, face painting and free goodies for the kids. In his opening address to those in attendance, Superintendent Mohammed articulated that our youths are responsible for the future of the community and country. He urged them to be agents of change in the community, to choose the positive activities instead of the dangerous and negative ones and to change their mind set.
The Resistance and Prevention Programme (RAPP) is a US government-funded programme. Its purpose as articulated by Programme Coordinator, Yolande De Leon, is to utilize a social crime prevention approach to eliminating crime in our communities. She said that many people get involved in crime because of circumstances and PADF has partnered the TTPS to identify the issues which make them at risk. Through a collaborative venture, PADF and the TTPS conducted community assessments and feedback was provided by the residents on what solutions for crime reduction in their community should look like. She urged the audience to come out and access the services available to them during this and all other outreach activities which are being hosted.
PADF identified five communities for assistance; La Romain, Enterprise, Maloney, Valencia and Bethel in Tobago. In concluding, Ms De Leon urged: “Let us work together with the residents to provide strategies to help the community”. She thanked the TTPS for recognizing the need for community engagement.
ACP Patsy Joseph who was also in attendance underscored the sentiments expressed by Supt Mohammed when she said that the TTPS was happy to drive the programme when the initiative comes from the people in the area, we know it will last.
The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services continues its public information education and sensitization drive and was pleased to be a stakeholder in this community outreach initiative, which is aligned to its remit of caring for the vulnerable in society. Staff members were present to distribute information on its wide range of grants and services and to answer questions about the various divisions of the Ministry and their responsibilities. The Ministry urges citizens to access the information available to them from its website, social media platforms and community outreach programmes. The Ministry is here to serve you.