AWARD WORTHY: Chin presenting the hefty winner's cheque to 2017 top cop winner Stokely Fagan.
UNDER the expert leadership of Founder & Chairman Lascelles Chin, the LASCO family increasingly solidifies its place as good corporate citizens. At present, the multi-faceted company is synonymous with orchestrating awards ceremonies that honour professionals in key areas of public service, namely our teachers and principals, nurses and police officers. It’s all part of a corporate social responsibility mandate that they take very seriously.
“The LASCO awards ceremonies to honour these professionals are more than glitzy affairs, more than photo opportunities for the news, more than a nine-day talk event. These awards go to the heart of who we are at LASCO,” Mr. Chin emphasized, as he brought greetings to the 17th Annual Police Officer of the Year Awards ceremony inside the Grand Jamaica Suite of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel last Monday afternoon. “We feel very strongly about the pivotal role of these professionals in the public sector. They impact the social and economic fabric of the nation and touch the lives of the most vulnerable in the society.”
According to Lascelles Chin, LASCO is a company that prefers to let their actions do the talking. “LASCO invests $17.2 million annually in these programmes,” he told the gathering. “This amount covers generous cash prizes, support of the awardees’ respective community projects, and their participation in international conferences overseas, for their training and development.”
At the same time, the company firmly believes appropriate and continued acknowledgment of the hard work and dedicated service of these public servants remains paramount to national growth. “At LASCO, we put our money where our heart is,” the Chairman was quick to emphasize. “We are serious about the value and contribution of these public sector professionals while maintaining focus on our core business of making living affordable, in support of string family values.”
At Monday’s ceremony, Corporal Stokely Fagan of the MOCA Division emerged winner of the 2017/18 LASCO Top Cop award, from a pool of 10 finalists. Area One’s Constable Hilette Virgo was given first runner-up honours, while Corporal Michael Hutchinson of the Mobile Reserve was named first runner-up. In his acceptance speech, Fagan not only paid tribute to the JCF, now in its 150th year, but also his fellow 2017 honorees. “These ten finalists are just a small representation of the hardworking officers of the constabulary,” the 34-year-old officer noted. “I share this award with all of you because we are the positive change that we want to see.”