On Sunday, November 11, 2018 the members of the security forces who serve, primarily, under the State of Emergency in the Parish of St. James, were showered with appreciation by the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists during the First Annual Security Forces and Youth Mentorship Prayer Breakfast at the Seventh-day Adventist Conference Centre in Mount Salem, Montego Bay.
The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF), who usually deal with numerous stressors and negative criticisms on the job, were called apart for a few hours to be shown gratitude for their sacrificial service as security personnel.
“It is a good thing in a context where so many issues are raised” said Attorney General of Jamaica Marlene Malahoo-Forte “and very often the security forces are bashed and criticized instead of commended. I am also more pleased by the context in which this show of appreciation is taking place,” continued the Member of Parliament (MP) for West Central St. James, who was evidently impressed by the gesture.
Mrs. Malahoo-Forte was also keen to recognize the place that the Church, as a spiritual organization, plays society, especially in the process of transforming criminal elements, who make the security force’s work more difficult.
“I believe that the church continues to play a significant role in the nation,” noted the MP “a significant role to effect change and there are so many signs and evidence of changed lives, because it is difficult, if not impossible to encounter the Almighty God in a real way and remain the same,” she asserted.
Prior to the state of public emergency (SOE) and the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSO), many lives, particularly, in the Parish of St. James, were severely affected and are still reeling from the effects of heinous crimes. This situation has affected, significantly, the efforts of the church to carry out its evangelistic endeavours. However, with the response of the Security Forces, there have been significant improvements.