Gov't hires private security guards and retired cops to boost JCF numbers
National Security Minister Robert Montague says the Government has hired retired cops and private security guards to complement the membership of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
Montague says the move is part of a wider strategy to boost the JCF’s manpower.
He points out that the force is short of about 3,000 cops.
The national security minister says while the force continues to train more cops the ability to retain them remains a challenge with an attrition of about 500 personnel annually.
Montague says another challenge is the lack of dormitory space to host trainees.
He says the ministry is looking to address this issue through, among other things, an arrangement with the University of the West Indies to house JCF recruits.
The national security minister was speaking yesterday at a crime forum at the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference.
Meanwhile, Montague said the pilot project to convert police vehicles to liquefied natural gas is already resulting in fuel savings for the Government.
He says four of the 14 vehicles under the pilot have so far been converted.
He said the pilot will last for six month.
The project was announced by Montague last year.