JCF hopefuls to go through rigorous background screening
Starting with the next batch of recruits, persons seeking to enlist in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will be subjected to more rigorous background screening.
Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams says among other things, persons seeking to become police officers will be subjected to full polygraph testing.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Williams revealed that a majority of police personnel who found themselves on the wrong side of the law in the past year are young officers with less than five years of service.
He acknowledged that a number of them may have been exposed to a culture within the JCF that has to change, but says in the majority of cases these individuals enlisted in the JCF with deviant behaviour.
Meanwhile, the Police High Command says 100 additional police officers have been re-assigned to traffic duties as part of its efforts to stem the carnage on the nation's roadways.
Deputy Commissioner in charge of operations Clifford Blake says boosting the number of persons assigned to the traffic division will allow the police to ramp up enforcement of the road traffic law.
According to the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), 378 persons died in motor vehicle crashes last year.
This is 13 percent more that the 331 persons killed on the roads in 2014.
Statistics compiled by the NRSC shows that the 378 road deaths recorded last year is the highest single year total in the last 10 years and includes a record 111 motorcyclists.
DCP Blake says the police are hoping that proposed amendments to the Road Traffic Act, which are now awaiting Senate approval, will be enacted shortly to give greater support to their enforcement efforts.