Former senior cop welcomes planned JCF overhaul
A former high ranking cop says the planned overhaul of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) presents a real opportunity for Jamaica to finally make progress in stemming crime.
Documents released by the International Monetary Fund yesterday revealed the government intends to implement a full legislative review of the Constabulary Force Act of 1935, with the tabling in Parliament of a Police Service Act by October 2017.
Former deputy commissioner of police Mark Shields says he welcomes the news, which is long overdue.
Shields says transformation of the JCF into a modern police service, with a focus on intelligence-led policing, has been recommended for many years in numerous strategic reviews.
He notes that a similar transformation was done in Northern Ireland, which now has one of the best police services and which has the trust of the population.
However, Shields says the government will have to ensure the resources are provided to carry out the transformation, which is likely to be very expensive.
Shields says the government may also have to set aside funds to make some positions at the management level redundant to ensure that the resulting police service is a lean and effective one.
Shields says while there is still no detail on the plan to overhaul the force, he has confidence the government can get it done.
He says he has no concern that most of the personnel from the current force, which is largely seen as corrupt, will be retained.