Po­lice Of­fi­cer Launches His Sec­ond Safety Tips Hand­book

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Sher­von Matthew is a mem­ber of the Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Force and is cur­rently sta­tioned at the Babon­neau Po­lice Sta­tion. Although he re­ports for duty when re­quired and per­forms all the nec­es­sary tasks, Matthew’s work does not stop at just what he’s paid for. On Thurs­day 20 De­cem­ber he launched the sec­ond part of a hand­book se­ries, Per­sonal Safety. The hand­book pro­vides safety tips and ad­vice for a myr­iad of dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions in which any cit­i­zen might find them­selves. Top­ics range from date rapes to safety when jog­ging. The book is be­ing made avail­able by Mathew to any­one who wants to learn more, at no cost at all.

This lat­est hand­book is the most re­cent of a string of projects that Matthew has em­barked on to sen­si­tize peo­ple of his coun­try on safety from his per­spec­tive as a po­lice of­fi­cer. It started off with a book­mark that he dis­trib­uted, fol­lowed by part one of Per­sonal Safety. Then he did pub­lic ser­vice an­nounce­ments over ra­dio broad­casts and even some in­ter­ac­tive videos with lo­cal artists. It’s his way of giv­ing back, Matthew says. “If some­one wants to as­sist me or give me some­thing for what I’ve been do­ing, I will ac­cept it but it’s not my in­ten­tion to make money out of it; it’s my way of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Matthew’s in­spi­ra­tion is not far-fetched. He says that he has been a vic­tim of crime him­self and, in most in­stances, it was be­cause he was not pre­pared enough. So, he hopes that he can help cit­i­zens to be ever-ready with the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided in his hand­books.

As for why he has taken it upon him­self, Matthew be­lieves that this ini­tia­tive has to start from some­where, and with en­dorse­ment from the RSLPF and the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, he’s putting in that ex­tra work and is ready to wel­come any­one who wants to help.

The next project Matthew has in mind is to cre­ate an app that any­one can ac­cess to learn his tips on de­mand and share with oth­ers. He hopes that com­pa­nies like Dig­i­cel or Flow would come on board to as­sist him.

Sher­von Matthew’s book, Per­sonal Safety, is just an­other way he tries to pro­tect cit­i­zens in Saint Lu­cia.

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