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100 DCs to be deployed to resort towns

Published:Tuesday | July 19, 2016 | 7:52 AM

One hundred District Constables are to be strategically deployed in resort towns that have consistent influx of tourists throughout the year.

The district constables will graduate today at a ceremony at the National Police College of Jamaica in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, following six weeks of training.

They are to be inducted into the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to augment the provision of security in resort towns.

The District Constables were selected from the parishes of Kingston, Portland, St. Ann, St. James, Trelawny and Westmoreland, as well as the JCF's Community Safety and Security Branch.

The Police High Command and the Tourism Product Development Company partnered on the initiative out of the need for additional security personnel to continue to cauterize tourist harassment and crimes against foreign nationals in the island.

Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of training at the National Police College of Jamaica, Norman Heywood, says the initiative has the potential to positively impact the number of tourists visiting the country, which in turn, would aid in economic development.

Last month, the Canadian government issued a travel advisory telling its citizens to exercise a high degree of caution when traveling to Jamaica due to the high level of violent crime in the country.

The advisory was issued a week after a Canadian national was killed in the resort town of Negril, Westmoreland.