Poster Competition

Annual Poster Competition 2023

The Inaugural Transforming Our Police Service (TOPS) Poster Competition is created by the Police (Civilian Oversight) Authority (PCOA) with the aim of allowing our children the opportunity to express, through art, their perspectives on the role of the police and how they should relate to the citizens. We recognize that our children have ideas that can play a critical role in shaping the standards of policing and influencing the way forward. The theme for the competition is, “Imaging #aForce4Good”


The poster should reflect how each entrant understands the theme, and this can be guided by the phrase #aForce4Good and an understanding of what it means to be good.


Any student from Grades 7-13 in a registered secondary school, in Jamaica, within the parishes of Trelawny (Region 3) and St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland (Region 4).


  • Posters must be11” x 17”.
  • Students can use acrylics, crayons, pencil, coloured pencil, charcoal, pastels, magic markers, water colours, ink or any combination or digital design.
  • Students must provide a coloured and uncoloured version of the poster.
  • All artwork must be original and reflect the theme. Students will be penalized for plagiarism (passing off the work/idea of another person as their own).
  • A completed entry form must accompany all entries.
  • Entries will become the property of the PCOA and entrants will be required to relinquish all copyrights to the PCOA
  • Posters exceeding or going below the requested dimension will be disqualified.
  • ONE poster per entrant – TWO per school The PCOA reserves the right to disqualify any poster that does not meet the requirements specified


A panel of judges will assess all entries and prizes will be awarded to the winner, 1st and 2nd runners-up. Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Adherence to theme
  • Originality
  • Creativity and visual effectiveness
  • Neatness


Cash awards and other prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Photos and accompanying news releases will be posted on PCOA Website and Social Media Platforms.


The official entry form, which is included below, must be submitted via the PCOA Website – and the agreement to the Terms and Conditions must also be completed.

Entries must be received NO LATER than FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2023 by 3:00 p.m. Posters can be uploaded to the PCOA Website or dropped off at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Region 3 and Region 4 offices.

Any submission without the required information will not be accepted.

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