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Community policing centre of Jamaica\'s crime plan

Published:Friday | December 21, 2007 | 7:55 AM

Police Commissioner, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin says community policing will be at the centre of his plans to reduce crime in Jamaica.

He said violent tactics have not worked and will not work in curbing crime.

Rear Admiral Lewin added community policing must involve more than it does currently.

The commissioner said recruits will have to be trained to respect the rights and dignity of citizens while current members of the force will have to be re-orientated.

Human Rights Group, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) said they were pleased with the plans outlined by the new police commissioner for improving the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Executive Director of JFJ, Dr. Carolyn Gomes said the appointment of Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin is an encouraging sign for crime fighting in Jamaica.

The JFJ is encouraged by the commissioner’s signing of an anti-corruption plan for the JCF she continued.

Dr. Gomes also stated that Rear Admiral Lewin’s vision for improving public safety is critical for creating a peaceful country.