The National Spelling Bee Champion, Nathaniel Stone, had the opportunity to personally meet with Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson at his offices on Old Hope Road, St. Andrew on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

Prior to entering the Script’s National Spelling Bee in the United States, Nathaniel indicated that he would like to meet the Commissioner of Police via a Twitter post through the National Spelling Bee official Twitter page. The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) reached out to him through his high school, Glenmuir High, after the Commissioner of Police indicated that he would be more than happy to meet him.

Nathaniel arrived at the Commissioner’s Office about 9:45 a.m., fifteen minutes before his scheduled 10:00 a.m. appointment with his mother and members of the Clarendon Community Safety and Security Branch, who escorted them in. During the 45 minutes’ interaction, the Commissioner and Nathaniel spoke about several issues including crime and his journey in the National Spelling Bee.

Not only was young Nathaniel eager to meet the Commissioner but he was also eager to share his version of what he believes the JCF should be tackling as it relates to crime. He gave suggestions on how to deal organized crimes, how uneducated and unemployed persons impact crime, targeting at-risk persons in the school system and how proper intelligence and mapping of crimes can help to target hotspots and influencers.

At the end of the interaction, the Commissioner thanked Nathaniel for reaching out to him and for his ideas. He also assured him that many of the ideas presented were already in tow and the others will be considered. 

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