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JCF overhaul welcome

Published:Friday | November 18, 2016 | 12:00 AM


I write in response to an article carried in The Gleaner on Wednesday, November 16 with the headline 'New face coming for JCF next year, force to be turned into 'police service''.

After numerous years of promises to review the Constabulary Force Act of 1935, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released documents indicating that the Andrew Holness administration will be conducting a full legislative review of the act. This is many years coming, and I am certain that, like myself, many members of the force welcome the proposed changes. What is even more refreshing is that this should lead to the tabling in Parliament of a Police Service Act by October 2017.

For decades, there have been talks about the reformation of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), but that is all it was - just talk, no action. This bold move could stimulate growth within our police force and economy, and I welcome it with open arms. It's about time our police are fully equipped with the technological resources they need to effectively and efficiently conduct their jobs.

Reports have shown improvements in the capacity of the police force for research and analysis, but also pointed to obstacles such as lack of transparency in data gathering and sharing. I can't stress how important it is for the police to acquire the advanced technology to help to make their jobs easier and more effective.

There is a lot of stigma associated with the current name and structure of the JCF. The days of kicking down people's doors are long gone. I hope these changes will bring new life and direction to the police and motivate them to better serve and protect.


Kingston 6