St. James Municipal Corporation Endorses Police’s Elite Quick Response

Another initiative has been launched by the high command of the St. James Police in an effort to further capitalize on the gains being made under the current State of Public Emergency in the parish.

On Monday October 14, 2019, Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation, Councillor Homer Davis joined Superintendent of Police in charge of St. James, Vernon Ellis in launching what is called the “ELITE QUICK RESPONSE UNIT”- a highly trained and equipped bike patrol team which is tasked with the responsibility of being first responders to incidences of crime as well as to carry out traffic management operations.

Police's Elite Quick Response
Police’s Elite Quick Response

Speaking at the launch of the Unit at the Montego Freeport Station, Mayor Davis
Mayor Davis said major gains have been made during the State of Public Emergency and the launch of this new patrol team is very timely.

He said “it is important because we are living in a changing world…a dynamic world. What obtains in law enforcement two years ago will not work today and what you are about to embark on as a part of your training is what I term “Quick response Policing” in the city space…I think this patrol will be a big game changer for Montego Bay and for that I fully endorse the initiative…this is the right way to go…this strategic move by the Police High Command must be commended as it is aimed at protecting and securing the public space”.

Mayor Davis also charged the members of the Elite First Response team to ensure that their actions are always carried out in a professional manner.

“I must say to you also that in exercising your duty and responsibilities as part of this team, it is important you to understand that we know that you have a challenging and a tough job, but at the same time you have to temper the manner in which you respond to people with whom you interact. I congratulate you for taking on this challenge and I am sure that you will understand that you will indeed be an Elite Brand in and around the city of Montego Bay”, Mayor Davis said.


Police's Elite Quick Response
Police’s Elite Quick Response

Meanwhile, Mayor Davis remains confident that those who criticize the implementation of the State of Public Emergency in St. James are wrong as the measure that been working.

He said “there are persons in the public space who are saying that the State of Emergency is not working. I will say to them is to look at the last 10 years and look at where we are today-it is working…and it is working because of the work that members of the Security Forces have put in…e surely owe the men and women of the JCF and JDF a debt of gratitude because in my opinion hey have gone way over and beyond the call of duty”.

In his address, Superintendent Ellis said the Elite Patrol team will be undergoing extensive tactical, technical and customer service training which is aimed at ensuring that they are able to handle the new pieces of equipment which will form part of their tool of trade and to ensure that they are able to deliver quality service to members of the public.

“I want to say that you are to take this training seriously as you have a big job…a job to secure a city and protect a nation. This training will be one of the phases that will equip you to take your policing to another level which will support the strategic objectives of the JCF. Our intention is to make this THE ELITE QUICK RESPONSE TEAM”, Superintendent Ellis said.

He said the team will be given new-well equipped motorcycles with the latest technology and high tech gadgets and encouraged them to carry out their responsibilities professionally, even under stressful conditions.

Superintendent Ellis said “you won’t just be riding, you will be riding…be exposed to technology and we will give you an Elite Team. I said to officers all the time that this is a tough job. When you take on a job where the security of the nation depends on you, you must ensure that you carry out your responsibilities professionally. The entire nation is depending on you”.

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