Parties during the Yuletide season are commonplace. In order to show their gentler side, officers at the Police Prosecutions Department on Nassau Street decided to treat 86 HIV-positive children to a Christmas party.
Today, the children will receive more than 200 gifts at a luncheon hosted by the Prosecution Department at the AIDS Foundation on Delancey Street.
Inspector Lakisia Moss, who serves as chief welfare officer in prosecutions, said that she approached her commander, Superintendent Marlon Fulford, about giving back to the community in order to dispel the negative views that many have of prosecutors.
After receiving Fulford’s approval, Moss said that staff unanimously voted that the AIDS Foundation’s after-school program be the recipient of the division’s largesse.
Planning for the event began in earnest, after AIDS Foundation President Lady Camille Barnett accepted the offer, Moss said.
Moss said that they chose the AIDS Foundation “because we live in a society where, at some point or another, we have all been affected by, or know someone who is affected by this epidemic, whether directly or indirectly”.
She added that those with HIV are often unfairly ostracized by some members of the public.
Moss thanked staff, attorneys and other donors for their generosity.
Moss said that, despite the “seemingly tough exterior” of prosecutors, they have a “sensitive human side”.
She added, “It is our intention to continue this initiative next year and for the years to come, to bring joy to all the underprivileged while taking a firm stance for justice.”
Members of the welfare committee are: Moss; ASP Barrington Miller; Sergeant 2790 Wynette McPhee; Sergeant 1772 Kesna Strachan; Sergeant 3272 Tameka Gibson; Corporal 582 Julius McPhee; Constable 2014 Casen Cooper; Constable 3381 Maurisa Harvey; Reservist Constable 1718 Michelle Sands; and Sauleen Taylor-Smith.