In an effort to motivate ranks who play an integral role in crime fighting, 65 ranks from ‘B’ Division were awarded on Saturday.The ranks were awarded for their prompt, intelligent and good Police work in capturing wanted persons and criminals and also in the recovery of firearms and detection of illegal drugs.The award ceremony was held at the St Francis Community Developers auditorium in Rose Hall Town.Also receiving awards were 17 work study students, 13 members of the business community and four individuals for their selfless service and commitment to social activities that aided crime prevention and traffic improvement, while eight media operatives were awarded for their continuous support to the Division.Divisional Commander Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam noted that the media have been highlighting the good work being done by the police.“I commend those media houses that have things like court round-up and they show where persons who are prosecuted in the magistrates’ courts or in the High Court; when criminals see that it is used as a deterrent. So the perception is that if you do crime and are caught you will go to jail.”Speaking about the Police’s performance, Amsterdam said many ranks have been dedicated and were not awarded during the Force award ceremony July in observance if its 177th anniversary: “We want to do this as part of our contribution to our ranks and all those who would have supported us thus far during the year.”He pointed out that several ranks were awarded during the 177th anniversary in July, however, there are others who were unable to receive awards despite the exceptional work they did. This was due to a lack of funds.According to Amsterdam, more that $14 million in incentives were given out to ranks but some $20 million more was needed. (Andrew Carmichael)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By The Associated Press SANTA BARBARA – A year of cool, dry weather has left Central Coast vineyards scrambling for grapes to make the popular pinot noir. “People are panicked and clamoring for pinot noir grapes on the Central Coast,” said Kirby Anderson, winemaker at Gainey Wineries. “Gainey is scrambling to meet our quotas with our low yields.” Some wineries are picking the red grapes prematurely because of shriveled and dehydrated vines. The shortage could lead to rising prices, but most wineries use nonnegotiable, prearranged contracts that should stem the immediate effect, vintners said. Pinot noir was already rising in popularity when the 2004 film “Sideways” – set in the Santa Barbara area – gave its profile a huge boost, and winemakers in the region have been devoting increasing acreage to the fragile berry. “A lot of people put all their eggs in one basket and planted pinot noir the most because it was so popular,” Anderson said. But some local wine experts say the small crop will bring a better product, because lighter clusters can mean a tastier grape. “It’s nature; there’s only so much that can be done,” said Jim Fiolek, executive director of the Santa Barbara County Vintner’s Association.