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Married 2 The Badge and the National Police Wives Association have collaborated and established the NPWA Jamaica affiliate. This is what we call a #missionready collaboration.
The National Police Wives Association (NPWA), a charitable organization based in the United States, is expanding its work into Jamaica by forming the National Police Wives Association of Jamaica (NPWAJ) affiliate. The NPWAJ affiliate will be led by a cross-country leadership team in Jamaica and the US. The National Police Wives Association Jamaica (NPWAJ) has four core areas that will guide its work: mental health awareness and education, peer Support, morale & recognition, and community Service.
Being the hands and feet of Jesus always looks different. It might be scary, but we know we are not alone. As the Chaplain and leader of M2B, Kerry-Ann thought this would be a fantastic way to contribute to the spiritual growth of the wives of Police Officers in Jamaica. Behind the scenes, they have already begun providing Peer Support and Chaplaincy services.
The first affiliate will be established in the Parish of Westmoreland with the long-term goal of establishing an affiliation in every Parish.
The US launch team includes Rachel Barrett-Dolcine, Founder of the Joseph and Vera Family Foundation; Kelli Hill-Lowe, President of the National Police Wives Association; Kerry-Ann Burnett-Astree, Founder of Married 2 The Badge Nonprofit; Nancy Kachurik, President, NPWA Florida Affiliate, and Tashaka Zeigler. The Jamaican counterparts are Alicia Gunning, Denise Spence, and Maxcine McDermott.
Some US ladies will travel to Jamaica for a Mission-In-Action trip in November.
The goal of the trip is simple: they would like to:
1. Celebrate the officers of Westmoreland Parish.
2. Celebrate the life of those who have passed regardless of how they died.
3. Build bridges between the community, police, and clergies.
4. Train and equip the NPWA Jamaica leaders located in Jamaica to continue the mission and form more affiliates in the other parishes.
5. Eventually, develop a Police Week of events similar to what we have in the US by partnering with the Jamaica Constable Force.
Rachel Barrett-Dolcine is a Jamaican native and is the founder of the Joseph and Vera Family Foundation and CEO of Compass Consulting and Training Solutions and RJ Designs. She has also recently added to her portfolio the title of Founder of National Police Wives Association, Jamaica. Rachel’s heart lies with the ladies of Jamaica. She wants to see them equipped with the ability to provide a meaningful living for themselves. She is also an author, international speaker and mentor. Her first priority and commitment however is her police sergeant husband and teenage son.
Alicia Gunning-Jarrett is a Police Officer in the Jamaica Constabulary Force where she serves as School Resource Officer for the Whithorn Police Area in the Westmoreland Division. She was the 2022 Top Police Officer for the Whithorn Police Station and a participant of the Lasco Top Cop-Saluting Our Heroes Initiative for the Westmoreland Division. And now the Vice President of the National Police Wives Association of Jamaica. She is also a wife and a mother to three wonderful children, a people person as well as a team player. She loves baking and wishes to establish a pastry shop in the near future. Her favorite quote is "Grades don't measure intelligence and age doesn't define maturity"
WALK-A-MILE IN THEIR SHOES
Saturday Morning, we’re doing a one-mile walk in honor and memory of those who have passed away (regardless of the reason). It is also intended to bring awareness to the issues that affect the mental health of the officers and their families. The walk will be done at Petersfield High School Track and Field. Registration begins at 6:30 AM.
Savannah-La-Mar Church of God will host a service to honor those who have passed and pray over the families of the officers currently serving. Service begin at 10 AM.
MADE - Manifesting A Different Ending is making these shirts for us and donating from each shirt purchased.
#weareinthistogether indicates that no matter where you are located as a police wife, we are, in fact, in the LEOW world together. Funds raised from the sale of the shirts will assist with the upcoming Mission-In-Action trip to Jamaica.
Purchase a t-shirt to support our efforts.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
NPWA Jamaic’s Vice President Alicia Gunning is picking up cakes for all 10 police stations in Westmoreland Parish.
Handing over at the Bethel Police Station
Delivery made to the Divisional Headquarters by members of the Jamaica Leadership Team.
Pictured left to right: Denise Spence (member of the NPWA Jamaica launch team). Constable Rohan Powell, VP Alicia Gunning (NPWA Jamaica), Deputy Superintendent of Police Adrian Hamilton and Senior Superintendent of Police Mr Wayne Josephs