The handing over of the newly built home by recruits of Course 33 to the Cazaubon family of Rockhall forms part of the Policy Academy tradition of community service. Every course undertakes a community project in order to teach recruits the importance of community policing and to foster a sense of social responsibility to the community.
Speaking at the handing-over ceremony, Deputy Commissioner of Police Errol Alexander expressed his contentment with the project and lauded the efforts of Course 33 recruits.
“It gives us great pleasure to be here to present the dwelling that was constructed by the students of Course 33 with the help of other stakeholders from the private sector to the Cazaubon family. Throughout this exercise the recruits worked assiduously to get this building up to the standard that it is today and I am hoping that it will bring some form of comfort to the Cazaubon family when they move in to it. Again the recruits need to be commended, the commandant of the institution and everybody who have been involved,” Alexander said.
On October 28, 2012, the five-member Cazaubon family lost their home and all their belongings, which had been engulfed by fire. Course 33 recruits constructed the new home within three months.
Brother and sister of the Cazaubon family, Tanya and Lindy Cazaubon, expressed their appreciation to the recruits of Course 33.
“We were approached by the Police Force who were grateful enough to assist us in rebuilding our home. And we are very thankful for it. It’s a big step and a step to a long way in life. So we want to thank them and we want to thank the recruits they did a good job. Thank you guys. Well I myself I just want to give a special thanks to everybody who makes it possible and especially because most of the guys who are back there I have known them. And I really want to give thanks to all of them for making me have this place right now.”
The charitable venture was a collaborative effort of several private sector entities and the police. Course 33 recruits designed, constructed and contributed $8,000 to the undertaking. They were supported by previous Course 32 with over $2,000.