Acting Commissioner sets focus on cutting crime
The Acting Police Commissioner, Novelette Grant Grant, says she has set an agenda to reduce crime and violence across the island.
In the first 11 days of January this year, 35 people people have been murdered compared with 23 for the similar period last year.
Speaking at her first press conference this afternoon, Grant said emphasis is being given to the strategic deployment of cops in high-crime divisions.
Last year, 1,350 people were killed across the island.
There is also a refocus on public order and a re-energising of operational activities.
Grant said the police, under her leadership, will be strengthening their resolve against drugs, illegal weapons, domestic violence, and conflict management.
She added that these efforts will be complemented by community safety and security interventions.
Grant told reporters that she will also give attention to internal issues affecting the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
She says atop her agenda are improving professionalism and order and boosting morale.
Grant praised immediate past police commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams, for his service the JCF.
Williams went on early retirement last Friday after more than 30 years in the JCF.