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Huge improvement in police manners!

Published:Monday | February 20, 2017 | 2:00 AM

While acknowledging the reality that some members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) leave their manners at home before going out to engage with the public, Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell, during a Gleaner Editors' Forum last week, cited huge improvements in police-civilian interactions.

He said that citizens were, in most cases, responsible for invoking the violent and suppressive actions the police sometimes display.

"There is much to be done about image building, and there is much to be done in terms of how we interface with the public. I believe that we (as a people) get the police force that we deserve, because of how we treat them. I have said this repeatedly, the police force is like an orphan," he said.

"I know that we don't have a perfect police force - far from it - (but) I want to hear the country embracing the police," Powell told a Gleaner Editors' Forum last Thursday.

He issued a stern warning to police managers that they ought to be the protectors of the people.

Head of the Corporate Communications Unit, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, highlighted that a major focus of acting Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant was to greatly improve the JCF's service to Jamaicans.

"We are doing daily assessment. Every day the commissioner sends out a message at 5 o'clock every morning to police officers, and the message is about service, the quality of service. We are continuing to work on our customer service even as we police a very difficult society. We are trying to change the perception, because a lot of what is being repeated in public, some of it is not fact and not what we represent," Lindsay told The Gleaner.

jason.cross@gleanerjm.com