JCF Specialized Operations Branch Gets First Ministerial Visit Amid First Anniversary

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With its first anniversary just days away, the newly formed Specialized
Operations Branch had its first ministerial visit today at Harman Barracks in Kingston.

In attendance were the Honourable Dr. Horace Chang, Minister of National Security,
Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson as well as other senior officers and
dignitaries, for the tour of the Joint Information Operations and Command Centre (JIOCC) and
other facilities at the branch.

These include a Criminal Investigations Unit, Specialized Operations Intelligence Unit, Logistics
and Administration, the JIOCC, Special Weapons and Tactics among others.

To date, the branch has seen significant upgrades in equipment, expansion of the facility, growing
human resource and advancement in technology – in partnership with the JCF’s Technology
Branch – as the JCF makes significant strides in its modernization apparatus.

Head of the Specialized Operations Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) of Warren
Clarke noted in his address that the branch has come a long way and thanked the Minister for the
government’s commitment to providing the necessary funding to effect real transformation of the
JCF.

“Building a formation from the ground up is never easy; to build a new culture of performance,
professionalism, discipline, accountability in values of ethics on one hand and restoring and
maintaining an approximately 100 year old plant on the other, work remains in progress as we

simultaneously transform yet another component of the force, while providing essential security
service to the people of Jamaica,” said ACP Clarke.

The National Security Minister re-iterated the government’s commitment to funding the
development and modernization of the JCF. He noted that:

“The government is committed to maintaining a substantial level of investment in the Police Force
until we get it where it should be,” said Minister Chang. He continued, “The Police Force has
done good work…the investment is to bring about change in the facility, the equipment and to
ensure you have a force for good that is capable of dealing with criminals today.”

Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson thanked the team at the branch, who he
stated has the will and the support required to move the force in the right direction.

“When we speak of transformation, it is not a theoretical thing nor is it a re-labelling. There are
real changes taking place. It is a lot of work for a short period of time and while we do this
modernization work, we are also highly operational,” said Commissioner Anderson. He added that
the transformation of the branch is one of approximately six formations of the force that have so
far been reformed.

In 2019, Minister Chang announced changes to be made to the management and structure of the
Jamaica Constabulary Force, which included the reorganization of the then Mobile Reserve
Division.

Since its formation, over 50 firearms have been seized as well as more than 1100 rounds of
ammunition, the arrest of 256 individuals of which, more than 70 were designated as wanted by
the Police.

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