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New police commissioner to develop culture of proactive policing

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 4:59 AM
Governor-General Patrick Allen (left), presents newly appointed Police Commissioner George Quallo with his Instrument of Office during his installation ceremony at the Police Officer’s Club in St Andrew on Friday.

New Police Commissioner George Quallo has committed to developing a culture of proactive policing within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) that focuses on crime prevention.

This, he says, will be characterised by significantly boosting the JCF’s resources and capabilities and forging new and strengthening existing partnerships.

Quallo was speaking  at his installation as Jamaica’s 29th Police Commissioner, held at the Police Officers’ Club in St. Andrew on April 28.

Governor-General Patrick Allen, who presented the commissioner with his Instrument of Office; Prime Minister Andrew Holness; National Security Minister Robert Montague; and Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips, headed the dignitaries and other guests who attended the ceremony.

The new commissioner said central to the JCF’s focus on arresting crime and violence is the need for the organisation's’s intelligence capabilities to reflect the current demands.

Simultaneously, he said, the JCF’s analytical tools have to be upgraded to produce relevant and reliable information.

“I commit to ensuring that greater attention and resources are focused on the expansion and improvement of our intelligence machinery. I firmly believe that with better and more calculated intelligence, the quest for preventing crime will be enriched and will find expression in more coordinated and successful responses,” the commissioner said.

Another key imperative, Quallo noted, is the need for a dedicated and competent workforce.

Noting that he is “under no illusion” that the task of dealing with crime is easy, Mr. Quallo argued that capacity building and training “will be essential.”

As such, the commissioner said the National Police College of Jamaica’s curriculum is among the areas that will be reviewed.

“This will be done with a view to ensuring that the messages of professionalism and people’s rights are given the strongest focus. I believe a properly trained police force will build professionalism and significantly impact our main responsibility of creating a safer society,” he added.

The commissioner assured the JCF’s members that he would also be placing significant focus on safeguarding their welfare in order to make it easier for them to carry out the tasks they were trained for “and that is to serve and to protect all of us.”

Quallo said his stewardship would also be characterised by a “valiant” fight against corruption in the JCF.