Commissioner says police will be more proactive in crime-fighting
Police Commissioner George Quallo says the Jamaica Constabulary Force intends to be more proactive in its approach to crime and will focus more keenly on crime prevention in vulnerable communities.
Speaking at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Trafalgar New Heights at Phoenix Central in St Andrew late last week, the police commissioner underscored that deepening a culture of prevention is among his priorities and he called on Rotarians and other service organisations to strengthen activities in communities that seek to transform behaviour, especially among residents in depressed areas.
"We cannot continue to sit back and wait on the carnage to happen. We must act now," he said.
"It's not only operations and hardcore policing that will help us to achieve our objectives," he said. Community policing, which he says includes working with community groups and service clubs to implement sustainable projects to identify issues before they emerge, is critical to crime prevention.
He noted that the police have been strengthening its social intervention strategies through programmes such as its Identity Purpose Attitude and Destiny summer programme in western Jamaica, which has, since 2015, impacted some 5,000 young people, some of whom were potential gang members.
"A key to crime prevention has to be greater involvement from every well-thinking citizen in this country," the commissioner said.
"Partnership with community members and organisations is urgently needed in the fight to prevent and ultimately reduce crime," he added.
However, the police commissioner also underscored that there is need for the police to implement a new and dynamic approach that uses enhanced intelligence to prevent crimes. He said the constabulary's intelligence structure must be consistent with current demands. Against that background, he said analytical tools used by the police must be upgraded to produce reliable information.