Parents and adults need to take a more active role in the lives of children and young people in their communities.
This was the message of Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith yesterday after he met with residents and business owners in the Carenage district.
The commissioner was invited to have dialogue with residents at an event titled “The Businessman’s Breakfast”.
This meeting followed a recent upsurge of criminal and gang-related activities in the community, and yesterday’s meeting was aimed at encouraging solution-oriented efforts to secure the community of Carenage.
Griffith said the discourse was indicative of the commitment of upstanding citizens and residents of the area who wanted to see an improvement in the social aspects of their communities.
However, it was noted that while there are over 100 police youth clubs, which continue to assist young people across the county in making the right choices, it was counter-productive when some of these young people did not receive positive support, encouragement and affirmations from their parents and adults within their homes and communities.
“We do not have a problem with our youth in this country. We have a problem with some of our adults. It is the responsibility of parents to build their children into productive citizens and advise our children along the right path,” Griffith said.
“These parents become so irresponsible they are virtually pimping out their children for want of a better word because by having their children involved in crime it is making life better for them, more food on the table, more jewelry, better clothes, a car.”
Griffith said he believed it was time for the establishing of Police Adult Clubs.
“Yes, we have police youth clubs but you know maybe we need police parent clubs for adults to try to train them,” Griffith said.