COP BRAVES RUSH­ING RIVER TO QUELL DIS­PUTE

The Star (Jamaica) - - FRONT PAGE - AKINO MING STAR Writer

On Tues­day, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for south east St Mary Dr Win­ston Green begged the Govern­ment to place a bridge across the Wag Wa­ter River for res­i­dents of one the com­mu­ni­ties in his constituency to ac­cess their com­mu­nity.

Two weeks be­fore his plea, Sergeant Christo­pher Ward, from the Castle­ton Po­lice Sta­tion in St Mary, waded the brack­ish Wag Wa­ter River to quell a dis­pute be­tween two res­i­dents in the Ch­ester­field com­mu­nity.

“I was alerted about a dis­pute in the com­mu­nity, and that is the only ac­cess to the com­mu­nity, so de­spite the con­di­tion, we just have to cross the river to do it,” Ward said.

ABOVE AND BE­YOND

A pic­ture of Ward with his pants rolled to his knees and boots in his hand af­ter he had crossed the river has been mak­ing rounds on so­cial me­dia. The im­age was orig­i­nally posted on the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force (JCF) Face­book page with the cap­tion “Christo­pher Ward go­ing above and be­yond the call of duty to serve his com­mu­nity.”

Four months ear­lier, Ward’s sit­u­a­tion was not as pic­turesque when he crossed the river to deal with an­other mat­ter in Ch­ester­field.

“In May, I was re­spond­ing to an­other dis­pute, me and Con­sta­ble Dixon. I was skip­ping across stones just to get over and I just flipped off one and fell into the river,” Ward said. “Noth­ing re­ally hap­pened to me. I just got wet.”

The ten-year JCF vet­eran said that he re­alises that dis­putes con­trib­ute to a lot of ma­jor crimes in Ja­maica, thus his ef­fort to pre­vent them from es­ca­lat­ing.

“I pre­fer to risk it to get rid of the dis­pute than hav­ing a mur­der,” Ward said.

In his ad­dress to Par­lia­ment on Tues­day, Green said more needs to be done for the peo­ple of his constituency, as far as in­fra­struc­ture is con­cerned. He pointed, for ex­am­ple, to the town of An­notto Bay, which he said needs to be pro­tected.

Green sug­gested that boul­ders be put in the area to pre­vent storm surges threat­en­ing lives and prop­er­ties.

“We can­not leave the town of An­notto Bay to the rav­ages of the el­e­ments,” he said.

CONTRIBUTED

Sergeant Christo­pher Ward, from the Castle­ton Po­lice Sta­tion in St Mary, makes his way across the Wag Wa­ter River.

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