Jodi-Ann Gilpin, Gleaner Writer
AS THE country continues to battle with the spiralling crime rate, Minister of Security Peter Bunting says part of the problem is a dysfunctional communication phenomenon that has been prevalent within the police force.
Giving his address at a passing out and awards ceremony held at the Jamaica Police Academy at Twickenham Park, St Catherine, yesterday, Bunting raised concern about the lack of communication in the force which, according to him, has led to many of the ills of the organisation.
"Part of the challenge for policing in Jamaica is the dysfunctional elements of our culture, those elements in the popular music that glorify criminal behaviour, those elements in our communities that say that 'informa fi dead'," he pointed out.
"What we don't realise is that when we do this, we are creating an environment where criminal organisations believe that Jamaica is a good place to do business," he said.
RALLYING SUPPORT FOR COPS
Bunting called for a "coalition of the good and well-thinking Jamaicans that ensure that the police get the support that they need to tackle criminals and organised crimes".
He sought to assure the public that the Government was doing all in its power to ensure that policies and the proper resources were in place to tackle crime.
"We understand the importance of having more boots on the ground which is why this year we have trained over 760 recruits from the JCF as well as approximately 300 district constables, so we'll be looking at over 1,000 personnel being trained and going into the organisation this year," he said.
He encouraged graduates to always take a professional approach to their jobs and to always portray a level of integrity.