TTPS empowers Rose Hill RC students, but feature speaker CoP Erla Christopher a no-show

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TTPS empowers Rose Hill RC students, but feature speaker CoP Erla Christopher a no-show

Pupils of the Rose Hill Roman Catholic School (RHRCS) are being empowered to enhance their resilience in confronting and addressing social issues that may arise in their school and home environments.

In the third instalment of its crime prevention series, ‘Who’s Writing Your Story – Fear to Freedom,’ launched Thursday at the school, officials at the Victim and Witness Support Unit (VWSU) recommitted to equipping the pupils with social skills.

The first two instalments were held in March 2020 and March 2021 at various secondary schools targeting adolescent males.

These skills are geared toward the strategic, holistic, and cohesive development of the children, specifically tailored to meet the demands of the school population. It is designed to empower their sense of self-worth and boost their mental and social outlook.

The launch included Standard Four and Five pupils, ages nine to 14, of whom will undergo a 10-month-long programme encompassing four elements.

Head – Social Support, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), Aisha Corbie, revealed that the four modules include the developmental stage which is interactive empowerment, mentorship, partnership and volunteerism, and parental empowerment.

Corbie outlined the objectives saying that the programme will provide positive alternatives to criminal activities, education on push and pull factors, encourage healthy coping mechanisms to increase awareness of emotional intelligence and foster a greater degree of financial planning.

Commissioner of Police-designate Erla Harewood-Christopher was carded to give the feature address at this event, however, for the second day running, she was a no-show.

Supt Claire Guy-Alleyne, head of the TTPS’ Gender-Based Violence Unit, who was sent to represent the top CoP-elect, confirmed her absence, saying that it could not be helped.

“The CoP was unavoidably absent due to another meeting that she had to host this morning (yesterday). You know she’s a very important person at this time when it comes to national issues relative to security,” Guy-Alleyne said.

“We have Carnival, which is going to be the Mother of (all) Carnivals, and we need, within the TTPS, to put all measures and ensure that we have a very safe Carnival. So now is a very important time for the Commissioner of Police,” she added.

Guy-Alleyne, however, noted that Harewood-Christopher fully endorses programmes that are geared towards dealing with children.