Jennifer: The troubled teenager, Kevin: The beat cop
As a police ofﬁcer, Kevin Gibson has witnessed many lives destroyed by barriers such substance abuse, crime, poverty, lack of education and lack of opportunity. One such life was that of Jennifer, a teenager whom Kevin came to know while working one of the roughest police beats in the City. A police ofﬁcer for only a couple years, Kevin was quite young himself, and Jennifer was just a young girl trying to survive in the darker side of life’s challenges.
Jennifer came from a troubled family life in and out social services, and regretfully, her path led to a life of prostitution and the dangerous world associated with it.
Time passed and many years later a young woman, now a mother, approached Kevin, and it was Jennifer. She went on to share how she had improved her life, and how never giving up on her when she was young had a lasting impact of hope and encouragement.
Jennifer’s life is testament to the importance of supporting one another, and an inspiration for young people to never give up on themselves.