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JCF SMILE team hosts career stress conference for female cops

Published:Thursday | July 7, 2016 | 7:20 AM
In this file photo female cops from the May Pen Police Station in Clarendon participate in a ring game with children in the community of Farm in the parish.

More than 100 policewomen are to benefit from a conference aimed at helping them to cope with the stress of the job.

The Stress Management in Law Enforcement (SMILE) programme is a product of the Jamaica Constabulary Forces’ (JCF’s) Chaplaincy Services Branch.

That Branch of the Force is mandated to provide psychological and spiritual care to members of the Force and their families.

The JCF says the SMILE team has noticed that men and women experience and deal with the stresses of the profession differently.

The team has assembled a panel of female experts who will address the psychological and physiological needs of the women in the Force.

Those participating will be drawn from formations such as the Mobile Reserve, Canine Division, Mounted Troop Division, Motorised Patrol and Traffic Head Quarters.

The conference is being held today at the Police Officers’ Club on Hope Road in St Andrew.