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New JDF head reaffirms army's commitment to help police in crime fight

Published:Saturday | January 21, 2017 | 1:35 PM
Standing: Outgoing Chief of Defense Staff Antony Anderson (right), Chief of Defense Staff Major General Rocky Meade (back) and Parade Commander Lt Colonel Rohan Johnson during a ceremony at Up Park Camp in St Andrew today.

The head of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Major General Rocky Meade has again committed to deploying additional resources to help the police tackle the country's crime problem.

The assurance came this afternoon during a ceremony at Up Park Camp in St Andrew to mark the official transfer of command of the JDF.

Meade, who was sworn in by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen last month, takes over from Major General Antony Anderson.

He says Jamaica has a number of immediate and urgent security concerns, but made it clear that during his tenure the army will increase its support to the police.

More than 1,350 persons were reported killed in Jamaica last year, a near 10 per cent increase when compared with the previous year.

Meade notes that the country's crime problem is multi-dimensional and urged every Jamaican to play a part in helping to end the bloodshed.