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Custodes are key - PM

Published:Saturday | August 20, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said the country's custodes have a key role to play in maintaining law and order in the society.

He noted that the public officials who serve at the parish level form the "framework of rebuilding Jamaica as a peaceful, loving and dignified society".

He was delivering remarks at the official installation ceremony for newly appointed Custos Rotulorum for St Andrew Dr Patricia Dunwell, held at the Annual Gardens located at Hope Gardens, St Andrew, on August 18.

He indicated that the Ministry of Justice has been working closely with custodes and justices of the peace (JPs) to encourage greater collaboration between the police and citizens.

INCREASING THE NUMBER OF JPs

He noted further that the ministry would be taking steps to increase the number of JPs across the island and to improve training for custodes and JPs to enable them to more effectively perform their roles. Areas of training are mediation, restorative justice and conflict resolution.

Meanwhile, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, commended Dunwell on her appointment.

He urged her to carry out her duties well and to seek to make an impact, particularly as it relates to youth empowerment.

He noted that the Governor-General's Programme of Excellence provides a "broad platform to inculcate in young people the values to eschew the things negative about Jamaica and to embrace what is helpful for our growth and development".