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Chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund, Godfrey Dyer (left) greets chairman of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), Ian Dear (right), and businessman Robert Russell.
Caught in conversation are from left: Acting Custos of St James, Claudette Bryan, member of Parliament, Heroy Clarke and senior judge Sandria Wong-Small.
From left: Mayor of Montego Bay Homer Davis, Assistant Commissioner of Police Warren Clarke, acting senior judge, Natalie Hart-Hines and Captain Aubyn Sibblies. 
From left: Attorney-at-law Henry McCurdy, Inspector of Police Camille Tracey and Deputy Superintendent Winston Milton.
Detective Inspector Othneil Dobson, Assistant Superintendent of Police Velonique Campbell and Lieutenant Keith Eubanks.
From left: Deranjay Simpson, Leutenent Nethaneel Brown and second leutenent Javal Dunna.
Corporal Michael McKnight (left) shares a photo op with businessman Lachu Ramchandani. 
Sonia Clare shares lens with Deputy Superintendent of Police Artel Colley.
Senior Superintendent of Police Marlon Nesbeth (left) and Major Yohan Simpson.
From left: Deputy Superintendent of Police Gary McKenzie, Senior Superintendent Dermont Lawrence, and Jamaica Defence Force captain Melvin Rhoden at a special reception in their honour at the Half Moon Hotel last Thursday night.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Sharon Beeput (centre) flanked by Reverend Everton Jackson (left) and Lieutenant Roxwell Wedderburn. 
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WESTERN BUREAU:

Under fire for months, officers of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) came up to breathe on Thursday, January 5, at a cocktail reception in their honour at the Half Moon hotel in Montego Bay, St James.

Organised by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Warren Clarke and his team, the event, which should have been held during the Yuletide season, saw in attendance Mayor of Montego Bay Homer Davis, acting Custos of St James Claudette Bryan, members of the judiciary, and an intimate group of well-wishers representing the business community.

Their presence was complemented by Minister of National Security Robert Montague, who lauded them for the mammoth task they have on hand, while empowering them, saying that many of them were qualified to become the next commissioner of police.

Not quick to entertain the argument of recruiting outside Jamaica, Montague pointed out that he believes in Jamaica. "I also believe the requisite skills and competences are here in this country."

He added that from all the evidence he has seen, there are police officers in Jamaica who are not only among the best in the Western Hemisphere, but could also hold their own against officers in First-World nations like the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

"We have a force that has more than 700 serving men and women who have a first degree," the minister said. "Eleven per cent consists of persons with tertiary degrees, while more than 300 men and women have their masters. And to top it off, we have five police officers writing their dissertation for their PhDs."

He pointed out that there are more than 20 lawyers serving in the force, making the JCF one of the best-rounded public bodies in the country.

Complimenting the members of the security forces, the security minister said he knew several persons who have been serving for more than 20 years and had never ever taken a bribe.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com