Police dedication ceremony unites the forces
Alicia Forrest, Gleaner Writer
SPANISH TOWN, St Catherine:
THE NATION'S security forces joined hands on Sunday in a service to dedicate the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) merger, which was made official on May 1.
The service was held under the theme, 'Celebrating the Police Family: United in Moving Forward'.
It was highlighted by the symbolic sand ceremony, where Deputy Superintendent of Police Eulette Gaynor and Assistant Superintendent of Police Sherika Service poured blue and red sand into a red cup, to symbolise the merging of the two forces.
A presentation was also made to the eldest past member of the ISCF, 91-year-old Sineon Shepherd.
Also in attendance were Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn, and other senior members of the JCF.
In his remarks, Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington said: "Today marks the embracing of one doctrine regarding what was previously two organisations. This one doctrine defines who we are, a body of men and women who are committed to service of our fellow citizens."
Guest speaker Dr Herbert Thompson charged members of the force to strive to be professionals. "When a uniformed officer walks on to a street corner or steps out of a building, it must say something. Those of us who look at you must see and feel assured that someone is here to solve the problem."
A mentorship programme for the police personnel was also launched by Bishop Dr Gary Welsh. The mentorship programme aims to pair mentors, who were trained last year, with members so they can be trained in various policing areas. The programme will last for nine months.
The ceremony closed with a parade where members of the force laid down their arms in a formation spelling out 'We Are One', truly symbolising the merger of the two forces.