Beach watch launched at fishing village
Jamaica's first Beach Safety and Security Watch was launched on June 19 at the Greenwich Farm Fishing Village in Kingston.
The watch is a subset of the Neighbourhood Watch programme, which is driven by the Community Safety and Security Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. It involves the local police, fisherfolk and other stakeholders working in partnership for the safety and security of users and occupants of the beach.
Speaking at the launch, which was held at the fishing village, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Terrence Bent said that Jamaica's beaches and fishing villages have moved away from fishing and leisure activities, and this has presented many challenges.
Bent pointed out that there is a strong trade in drugs and firearms within the Caribbean and that "many unscrupulous persons take the welcoming and kind nature of a fisherman to advance these illegal activities".
"I am very happy that we have an initiative that will see the police and the community working together. In the watch, it will not be the police imposing themselves on you, as you will also be a part of the decision-making process," he told the fisherfolk.