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LASCO Top Cop wants to continue inspiring inner-city youth

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

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CORPORAL Stokely Fagan, the 2017 LASCO top cop, who has been described as a beacon of hope in his Bay Farm Villa community in Kingston, said that he hopes that the award will inspire others in his community and other inner-city areas to strive for excellence.

“God leads to you to where he needs you to be, [so] when I was nominated I made sure I put out my best because persons look up to me, they counted on me, so I said I going to do my very best,” Fagan said after receiving his award yesterday.

“… This is a means of showing persons in my community, especially off Olympic Way and Bay Farm Villa, that you can elevate above every situation and that you can find yourself even in the most wonderful of places,” a beaming Corporal Fagan told the


Jamaica Observer following his win at the prestigious LASCO Police Officer of the Year Award ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston, yesterday.

The 34-year-old officer of the Major Organised Crime and Anti- Corruption Agency topped seven men and three women to cop a $250,000 cash prize, Police of the Year Trophy, a plaque, a certificate, and a LASCO food basket.

“I know I gave it my all, and by doing so I definitely gave myself a chance at becoming a winner. But as much as I know I gave my best it still overwhelms me and I was really taken by surprise,” said Corporal Fagan, who has over six years of service in the constabulary.

“I would never have thought 10 years ago that I would be here accepting the LASCO Top Cop Award, but I am here, so it’s just for everyone to be positive and stay positive,” said the Kingston College graduate who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science, with honours.

Corporal Fagan, who won the Best Leadership Award at his graduation from the National Police College in 2011, said he hopes to continue to be a positive role model for those who look up to him and have encouraged him to continue to be a shining example.

“I just want to encourage everybody to be that shining light; it doesn’t matter where you are, how small your community is, where you are from uptown, round town, middle town just put your best foot forward and move forward,“ said Fagan, who is the head of public relations at the Waltham Park New Testament Church in Kingston.

Corporal Fagan said his projects for the year will focus on under-privileged youth, especially the men.

“A lot of the crimes committed are by young men,” he said. “Recently a 14-year-old boy was arersted for having a weapon (gun), so you see that we are losing values that must be restored,” he added.

First runner-up Constable Hillette Virgo, who is assigned to the St James Safety and Security Branch, who won a $200,000 cash prize, and second runner-up Constable Michael Hutchinson of the Mobile Reserve Division, who received $100,000, were equally elated.

“I am thankful; I was definitely looking for first place spot but I am thankful as this awards means a lot. I have five years-service and I believe that I have accomplished a lot and this is only the beginning,” said Constable Virgo.

“I am happy with the award. I believe I would have made in to the top spot and this award is a morale booster [which] will look good on my résumé,” Constable Hutchinson said.

Founder and executive chairman of the LASCO Affiliated Companies, Lascelles Chin, said his company will continue to support the work of the police officers, teachers, principals and nurses, adding that these awards are more that just a glitzy affair or an occasion for a photo op.

“These awards go to the heart of who we are LASCO. We feel very strongly about the pivotal roles of these professionals in the public sector. They impact social and economic fabric of the nation and touch the lives of the most vulnerable,” Chin said.

The finalists were commended by both the Commissioner of Police George Quallo and the National Security Minister Robert Montague.

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