The Police Welfare Association (PWA) has provided assistance to approximately 52 students of law enforcement officers who are due to begin their secondary school life in September.
Over the past 15 years, the association has been providing grant support to the sons and daughters of Police Officers who were successful in the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA).
PWA held a ceremony at Police headquarters at Fort George last Thursday where a grant of $400 and a gift bag with school supplies were distributed to parents and students.
Interim Chairman of the Association, Godfrey Victor in offering an explanation on the background to the assistance programme said that an idea came to the forefront about doing something tangible for the children of policemen and women.
Victor said it was decided to look at the children’s education because “we felt at the time and we still have that strong feeling that our best asset is our human resource and we thought it best to invest in the children at a very young age”.
According to Victor, agreement was reached for a small token to be given to the children to help them enter the secondary school and to help cushion some of the financial burdens and effects on their parents.
He noted that at a time when expenses are being cut back in the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF), the association decided that the programme had to continue.
Insp. Victor urged the parents and students to do the best they can in the wake of the financial assistance being given to them.
“The journey has just started, you will commence secondary school in September, there are certain games and sports you would have to put aside when the time comes. I’m not saying that you should not engage in sporting activities but you must be able to balance your sporting activities with your academic activities.
“…Parents, you have a great responsibility and that is to ensure your children who are now moving from primary to secondary education excel and continue to excel. We in the police force will be more or less monitoring and seeing how well those children are progressing.
The Police Welfare Chief told the parents that once the children continue to keep on terms with their grades, the body would continue to provide the assistance to the children.
Insp. Victor also made mention of another programme initiated by the organization to open a bank account for each of the successful student in the exams.
“We also have a programme where we set up an account in one of our financial institutions. Once you enter secondary school and you continue to keep good grades and continue to excel, we in the Welfare Association have taken on the responsibility to put “X” amount of monies on an account which will go towards you,” he explained.
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Michael Francois echoed the sentiments of Insp. Victor and encouraged the students to always give of their best in school.
“The journey has just started and so a lot will depend on you parents to ensure that what has just began continues into secondary school, continues into university education and that your children move on to excel”, he said.
“…It is hard economic times and I’m sure that in this period whatever assistance that you parents would receive would go a long way in ensuring that our children are much more comfortable when they enter secondary school,” he added.
A certain percentage of the monthly salaries of police officers are deducted for use by the Welfare Association.