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135 more new cops graduate

Published:Saturday | November 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMRasbert Turner
Graduates from Batch 115 gave a display at the end of the passing-out parade and awards ceremony at the National Police College of Jamaica, Twickenham Park, St Catherine, yesterday.
George Quallo, commissioner of police, presenting the trophy for the best leadership qualities to Constable Sean Sinclair at the National Police College of Jamaica, Twickenham Park, St Catherine, yesterday.

Minister of National Security Robert Montague said that every member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) must submit to an annual anti-corruption declaration.

He said that this was needed to rid the force of rampant corruption.

"I want the commissioner to keep the early retirement off the books (and) to get rid of those who want to bring the force into disrepute," Montague said.

Montague was the keynote speaker at the 115th graduation parade of policemen and women at Twickenham Park, St Catherine.

One hundred and thirty-five former members of the United District Constable Association graduated as members of the JCF yesterday.

The cohort of 99 men and 36 women graduated after completing four months of training, which started on June 18.

Commissioner of Police George Quallo implored them to uphold good principles and help to rid the force of corruption.

"You are joining the force at a time when we are wrestling with crime and violence and a perceived unfaithful and unjust justice system. But as protectors of law and order, we expect that you serve with dignity those you have sworn to protect. Remember, always do the right," Quallo said.

The outstanding graduates were specially recognised. They include Arthur-Lee Bryan, who was awarded for the best all-round performance; Kevin Brown, best marksmanship principle; Sean Sinclair and Janell Radcliffe for best leadership qualities.