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Commish calls for more respect for J'cans from police in 2015

Published:Monday | December 22, 2014 | 4:31 PM

Police Commissioner, Dr Carl Williams, says for 2015, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) must redouble its efforts to demonstrate respect for the human rights of all Jamaicans.

His call is consistent with one of the mandates on which he was appointed in September.

For decades, the police force has been accused of showing disregard for the rights of Jamaicans mainly through its use of force.

The force has also been rocked by what critics call the unacceptable number of Jamaicans killed during alleged confrontations.

Those instances have resulted in a huge trust deficit between citizens and the JCF.

However, in his 2014 Christmas message, Dr Williams made it clear that the police force has much more to do.

According to him, the members of the force must strive to play their part through the building of bridges and the forging of partnerships to transform Jamaica into a peaceful and a peace-loving country.

He is calling on the members of the force to demonstrate leadership within communities to rescue those dominated by gangs or otherwise involved in violence and disorder.

He adds that the police must work to bring justice to those who have been wronged.

He is also praising what he called the determination of the police for the gains made this year, including an overall 17 per cent reduction in major crimes.

He says it's also likely that the number of murders recorded in 2014 will fall below a thousand.

If the force is successful in achieving this goal, Jamaica will record the lowest murders since 2003.


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