Jamaica News: The Government remains committed to providing resources and support for the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) strategic development, in a bid to further strengthen the rule of law.
This is in keeping with the findings of a 2018 study, commissioned by the Ministry of National Security as the Administration seeks to further advance the capacity building thrust for JCF, and further reduce crime across Jamaica.
Speaking at a panel discussion during the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus’ recent Research Days 2019, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr Horace Chang, noted that the study indicated a link between station performance (responsiveness/attentiveness of police officers) and crime outcomes (murders and shootings).
“As a Government, we have taken time to look at the problem, and the way forward is to focus on outfitting the Force with communications, technology, mobility, physical development [minimum standard purpose-built facilities], human resource development and proper tools and equipment to improve policing in Jamaica,” he explained.
Dr. Chang added that improving mobility is key to fulfilling the Ministry’s mandate.
“The JCF’s mobility is very important… so we are rebuilding the police force’s fleet. This [fiscal] year we bought 150 new vehicles, and next year we may buy another 400. We will also be implementing a management system… one that [indicates] where the police vehicles are… and [also] to have a routine maintenance system in place that is effective,” he further outlined.
In addition to the bolstering of the JCF’s fleet, there have been improvements to several police stations islandwide.
These include Balaclava, St. Elizabeth; Denham Town, Kingston; Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland; and Green Island, Hanover.
The JCF’s strengthening is central to the Effective Policing component of the Ministry’s Five Pillar Crime Reduction Strategy.
The pillar is designed to boost the JCF’s resources and investigative capabilities, while engendering greater citizen trust in the organization.
Source: JIS News