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What's going right for the JCF?

Published:Wednesday | August 10, 2016 | 8:00 AM
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Parchment Brown
Samuels
Williams
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What's going right for the JCF?

 

Participants in a Gleaner Editors' Forum yesterday were asked to identify one thing they feel is going well for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) right now that should be maintained to create the nucleus of the culture change that is required within the force:

 

Clifford Blake, deputy

 

 

commissioner of police

 

It is public confidence. We have seen an increase in public confidence.

 

Rodje Malcolm,

 

 

Jamaicans for Justice

 

The somewhat dip in police fatalities which needs to be matched with stronger human-rights education and policy directives that hold the police accountable.

Donna Parchment Brown, political ombudsman

I think the willingness to work with other institutions, governmental and non-governmental.

 

Horace Levy, director, Peace Management Initiative

 

I think willingness on the part of the leadership to listen, open their ears to what people on the ground are saying.

 

Bert Samuels, litigation partner, Knight, Junor & Samuels

 

Police education on the state of emergency and the rights of the citizens need to be given out there, both to the public and to the police.

 

Terrence Williams, commissioner of Independent Commission of Investigations

 

Police reporting their colleagues when their colleagues have done wrong. It used to be zero, but it has greatly improved. Police are now speaking when their colleagues have done wrong.

 

Arlene Harrison-Henry, public defender

 

The slight fall in extrajudicial killings.

 

Peter Moses, Citibank managing director and country officer

 

Continue the recruitment of the new generation of police.

 

Herbert McKenzie, deputy public defender

 

The increase in number of police officers being charged criminally for corruption-type offences.