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Senior cop says government should bond JCF personnel

Published:Wednesday | March 23, 2016 | 2:46 PM

A senior officer of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has suggested the government consider bonding members of the force to stem the high attrition rate within the organisation.

The call has come from head of the Manchester Police Division, Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron-Powell.

Superintendent Cameron-Powell emphasises that the JCF is losing well-trained personnel to other countries that are actively recruiting Jamaican crime fighters.

She points out that the Constabulary is currently seeking to fill about three thousand vacancies.

The head of the Manchester Police argues that it is costly to train JCF personnel, especially those with specialised skills such as scene of crime cops. 

The Government reportedly spends about $5 million to train one of these persons.

Superintendent Cameron-Powell says something has to be done to retain personnel in the JCF.

She was speaking recently at a forum in Manchester on building safe communities.