Filing of Vehicle Incident Reports
I participated in filing vehicle incident reports. Vehicle incident reports are reports that are made by drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, or any citizen after an accident or collision. The reports were from the year 2017 to September 2019. Some important information that the traffic reports contained were the driver’s name, driver’s date of birth, driver’s license plate number, type of vehicle, and place of incident. The supervisor handed me a file with reports that are to be matched with the police’s record. I was told to look at the driver’s license plate number and the date of the report then look in the filing cabinet for the month and year of the report then look for the same license plate number from that file, see if they have the same information then staple them together. For example, the report has a license plate number 9999 XX and the date of January 3, 2017. I would then go to the filing cabinet, look for the file which is labeled January 2017 then go through all the records that the police to see if there is any record that has the same license plate number and date. If there is any, I would staple the report and the record together and place them on the desk separate from the ones that were not found. We were unable to find all the records in the filing cabinet because the report was not made.
Writing Traffic Records’ Receipts
On this day, I wrote in a receipt booklet. One sheet of the booklet consisted of 24 ticket receipts. The booklet entails the date of the ticket, the driver’s name, and the receipt number of the ticket records of the tickets. Therefore, for each ticket, I must look for this information and write them in the booklet. After making 24 records, I would move to the next page.
My Personal Reflection on Community Service
The thought of community service was a burden for me before I began. I started to think about where and when I would be able to do it knowing it was a group thing. I eventually said to myself that I would just skip training and get the hours out the way. My group members and I had a hard time getting a place to do our voluntary work. Everywhere we went, they would say no because there are too many of us. Every day when we would go out, the answer would remain. Every day when we were not accepted, the time would get closer to the due date of our community service report. My group members then went to our lecturer and made him aware of our situation.
On the 19th of October 2019,
‘I started my community service at the Half Way Tree police station. I had an interesting experience. I volunteered in the traffic department where I completed my 16 hours of service. I took 2 days to conclude my hours. On the first day, I was supervised by Corporal Campbell. I did filing where I was accompanied by one of my group members. In doing this, I became aware of some of the incidents that occurred daily. It was appalling on the numerous incidents that occurred daily. I was always curious about probing the duties of the traffic department of the Jamaica Constabulary Force other than issuing drivers traffic offence tickets. Corporal Campbell seemed to be dedicated to his work. He was doing work 24/7, he assisted citizens in making reports throughout the day without taking any breaks. He made my time comfortable volunteering there.
The next day, Corporal Campbell came in late so Sergeant Ward assigned me the duty for the day. After which Corporal Campbell came in and started doing his job. The duty I did involve writing in a receipt booklet. This booklet entails records of traffic offence tickets receipt numbers, the date of the offence, and the driver’s name. This booklet would be sent to court. My group member and I worked hand in hand in doing this duty. One writes while the other looks for the information that is supposed to be written. This was done throughout the day.
My experience volunteering there was an interesting one as stated before because I learnt the duties of the traffic department and how their department impacted the community. Also, the police officers made it comfortable for me to get work done.