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JFJ backs transforming JCF into modern police service

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2016 | 11:50 PM

Human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is endorsing the government’s plan to replace the antiquated legislation establishing the Jamaica Constabulary Force with new law to transform it into a modern police service.

JFJ says this is long overdue.

The human rights lobby group argues that if properly implemented, the change could bring about the urgently needed paradigm shift in policing.

The JFJ says details of the proposed legislation will be essential in determining the type and extent of the reform that takes place.

It says the government should hold consultations to get public feedback.

The JFJ argues that a transformed constabulary force should replace the existing paramilitary force with a modern police service; and a commitment to policing in a human rights framework.

The JFJ also said the top-heavy hierarchy should be restructured to achieve efficient management.

It also believes that a modern police service should have a firm commitment to accountability under a civilian supervisory body.