April 30, 2010
Pan Against Crime heads north

Persons residing north of the Dry River will experience an evening of great entertainment and timely anti-Crime and Violence messages when the Pan Against Crime Program continues this Sunday, May 2.{{more}}

Hundreds of residents from Sandy Bay and the surrounding areas are expected to converge on London Playing Field to be part of another in the series of Pan Against Crime Concerts.

Cultural performances will come from, Fancy, Owia, Overland and Sandy Bay Government and Secondary Schools.

The Police Band will provide music along with Potential and South East Steel Orchestras.

Brief messages will be delivered by Jenita Lewis, Director of the National Commission for Crime Prevention, and Commissioner of Police Keith Miller, with the featured address given by Parliamentary Representative for the Area, Montgomery Daniel.

An exhortation will also be delivered.

Since the launch of the Pan Against Crime Program in February of 2008, and with the assistance of the Social Investment Fund, eight new Community Steel Bands have been established.

During the School vacation, summer programs are conducted to attract and teach new youths the art of playing the pan.

In recent times, members of the Pan Against Crime Committee have started visits to these new bands to assist with musical development and behavioural attitude of the young players.

Station Sergeant Frankie Joseph, Francis “Pes” Llewelyn, and Patrick “Gray” Baptiste, of Potential Steel Orchestra, are assisting the Lowmans/Lauders Steel Orchestra, while Inspector Jonathan Nicholls and Police Constable Shawn Jack of the Police Band travelled to Union Island to conduct sessions.

Inspector Nicholls also visited all schools on the Island and spoke to the students on issues of Crime, Violence, Conflict Resolution, Sexual Practices and Personal Development, among others.