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#ThroneSpeech: Name change being considered for JCF

Published:Thursday | February 9, 2017 | 12:17 PM
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen inspects the guard of honour.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) could have a name change before the end of the 2017-2018 parliamentary year.

Legislation is expected to be tabled in Parliament during the legislative year to give effect to the administration's plans to change the name of the 150-year-old institution.

A new police service act is to be tabled.

This new statute is intended to support the Government's move to modernise and transform the force into a modern intelligence-driven police service that ensures citizen security, with stronger systems of administration, management and internal discipline.

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen announced this and other legislative measures earlier today when he presented the Throne Speech in Gordon House, marking the start of the new parliamentary year.

Legislation is also coming this year to establish the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency as an independent national law enforcement agency focused on terrorism, major organised crime and serious corruption.

At the same time, Sir Patrick told parliamentarians that the Sexual Harassment Bill will be brought to Parliament this year.

"The bill will seek to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace and institutions including educational [facilities], hospitals, correctional centres and others," he said to resounding applause.