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Montague wants regional cooperation on cop training to stem outside recruitment

Published:Saturday | June 3, 2017 | 10:01 AMJerome Reynolds

National Security Minister, Robert Montague, says the active recruitment of Jamaican cops by countries in the region remains a challenge and Jamaica wants a collaborative approach to training.

Montague says each year Jamaica loses dozens of police personnel to the region and elsewhere after spending hefty sums to train them.

He says last year 200 cops left the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to police forces in the region.

Montague says the continuous recruitment  undermines Jamaica’s efforts to retain and expand the JCF.

It is against that background the national security minister says the island wants to see partnership in the training of police personnel.


National Security Minister, Robert Montague

Montague was speaking today at the Caribbean Use of Force Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre.

He said the JCF needs three thousand cops and is on an aggressive recruitment drive.