On Wednesday, [Oct 10] as part of Police Week 2012, nine students from various schools were ‘Commissioners for a Day’ after submitting winning entries to the annual short essay and artwork competition held by the Bermuda Police Service.
The competition was open to all public and private primary, middle and senior schools across the island. This year’s Police Week theme is ‘Building Partnerships for a Safer Community’ and the primary school students were asked to produce police related artwork, while the middle and senior schools students were asked to write a short essay.
The short essay topic for the middle school students was: “If I were Commissioner I would …” and the short essay topic for the senior school students was: “How can The Bermuda Police Service build partnerships within the community?”
A committee consisting of Mr. Dwayne Caines, Mr. Robin Simmons and intern Ms. Mica Murray [Police Public & Media Relations] and three members of the public – Ms. Carla Zuill, Mrs. Patrina O’Connor-Paynter & Mrs. Joulanda Brown-Robinson chose the winning artwork based on originality and the best short essays for their connection to this year’s theme.
There was only one entrant in the middle school category, so an additional prize winner was selected from the senior school and primary school categories. iPad & iPod prizes were provided by corporate sponsorship.
Senior School Winners:
1. Patrick Lee, 17 years old – CedarBridge Academy – iPad
2. China Richardson, 17 years old – Berkeley Institute – iPod
3. Allanna Bean, 16 years old – Berkeley Institute - iPod
4. Jahlae Albuoy, 16 years old – Berkeley Institute - iPod
Middle School Winner:
1. Nasir Simmons, 12 years old – Somersfield Academy – iPad
Primary School Winners:
1. Cree Dunn, 9 years old – Harrington Sound Primary School - iPod
2. Miquan O’Brien, 8 years old – Purvis Primary School - iPod
3. Allura Cupidore-Correia, 6 years old – St. David’s Primary School - iPod
4. Enoch Richardson, 10 years old – Harrington Sound Primary School - iPod
A police spokesperson said, “The winning students’ day started by meeting Commissioner of Police Michael DeSilva and his Senior Command team.
“The senior and middle school winners then joined the senior officers for a round table discussion to express their views, before meeting up with the primary school students for a ride on a marine unit vessel.
“The winners and their families also enjoyed lunch with members of the Senior Command. The Bermuda Police Service would like to congratulate these young people in particular, and all the students who entered, for their impressive submissions.”