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Jamaica's next police chief should come from within JCF - Security Minister

Published:Sunday | January 8, 2017 | 1:59 AM
Robert Montague

The Minister of National Security Robert Montague believes the next police commissioner should come from within the ranks of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Montague acknowledged that there are compelling arguments for a candidate from overseas, but says he is convinced that the best person for the job is in Jamaica.

Speaking at a reception at the Half Moon Hotel in St James last Thursday, he said the JCF is rife with officers who have the skill set to not only take on the role of police commissioner, but who could also hold similar positions in other jurisdictions across the globe.

To support his claim, the national security minister pointed out that over 700 serving men and women in the JCF have obtained a first degree.

In addition, he says over 300 police men and women have a Master's degree while five officers are now reading for their PhDs.