Probation Aftercare Officers educate residents of Portland Cottage to deter crime

As part of its efforts to prevent citizens from becoming offenders: The Department of Correctional Services, Probation Aftercare Services Region Three Officers, conducted a community walk through and Town Hall meeting in Portland Cottage, Clarendon on Wednesday January 17, 2018.

The purpose of the activity was to provide Portland Cottage and surrounding communities with information on the service offered by the Probation Aftercare Office. The Department of Correctional Services believes if citizens are equipped with information they will be more capable of help themselves and provide for their families. According to, the Director of the Probation and Aftercare Services, Janet Davey this creates a deterrent for individuals who would be influenced by criminal elements.

The Department partnered with other agencies, and organizations which provided the community with information on various social services. These organizations are the National Housing Trust, National Council on Drug Abuse, Court Management Services, The Ministry of Justice Victim Support Unit, The Child Protection and Family Services Agency, Clarendon Fire Department, Clarendon Health Department, Ministry of Labor and Social Security, PATH, INDECOM and ACCESS Financial Services. The organizations made short presentations and fielded questions from community members.