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Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch launched

Published:Wednesday | August 29, 2018 | 4:26 PMSyranno Baines
Dr Horace Chang (center) Minister of National Security, jokes with Fitz Jackson (second left), Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Major General Antony Anderson (left), the Commissioner of Police, and Calvin Allen, Senior Superintendent of Police during the launch of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch at Harmon Barracks in Kingston on August 29, 2018.

Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson has charged members of the newly formed Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) to be consistent in their approach to policing, arguing that it will help to win public trust and shape behaviour.

The branch was formed out of a merger of the Traffic & Highway Division and the Motorized Patrol Division.

Speaking this morning at the launch at Harman Barracks in Vineyard Town, Kingston, Anderson said the unit's approximately 700 members will be deployed across the Corporate Area and St Catherine to ensure greater traffic management and public safety. 

The branch will feature motorcycles, motorcars, bicycles and beat patrols.

Personnel, which underwent training in human rights, situational awareness, among other areas, will be outfitted in bright neon yellow uniforms and motorcycles to make them easily identified.

"The new branch should benefit the public through increased police presence and improved effectiveness in public spaces and thoroughfares; reduce incidences of traffic collisions, injuries, and fatalities; improve public trust and confidence in the police," charged Anderson.

“We need to be consistent with our enforcement, uniformed in the way that we treat with matters. If we’re like that, we can become more and more trusted, the confidence in us will grow and we will shape behaviour by this consistent action,” he added.

Continuing, “Initially, I suspect we will see an increase in the number of tickets given, a number of prosecutions, but over time, if we’re doing our jobs right, that should fall-off as people conform with what the requirements of the law and regulations are. So, this high visibility branch is leading and charting the way for the continued transformation of the constabulary force into that force that has a high degree, high level of public trust and confidence,” he added.

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