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JCF to modify training programme, placing focus on domestic disputes

Published:Saturday | December 31, 2016 | 11:36 AM
Outgoing Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams.

The Outgoing Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams says the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will be modifying its training programme for recruits focussing on conflict resolution skills in domestic disputes.

In the few past weeks, there has been renewed concern about domestic violence with five women being attacked four fatally by their ex-lovers.

"One of the many ways that citizens must be resocialised is through effective conflict resolution techniques to combat certain issues, which have become prevalent in the society," Williams wrote in his last police force orders yesterday.

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He said matters that could have been addressed by counsellors have ended up in deadly confrontations.

The Commissioner said the JCF has responded by hosting several domestic violence intervention workshops in a bid to equip members with the necessary skills to properly counteract the upsurge of domestic violence-related crimes.

According to him, the initiative will continue into 2017 and will be modified in the training program for recruits.