Jamaica, May 24th, 2017 – Kingston – The Government is to develop a policy framework, which will redefine the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) as a protection and service organisation. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said the policy is expected to be in place by November 2017.
“That will become the launching pad for a discussion about what our new Jamaica protection and service institution will be; (and) what should our new law-enforcement institution be,” he noted.
He said it is hoped that the policy will also change people’s perception of the JCF. “I think that once we get to that point where the people recognise that the JCF is there to serve us, then their job, the Commissioner’s job will be much easier, because at that point, we would have enlisted the entire community in this business of enforcing the law and supporting the rule of law,” he added.
The Prime Minster made the remarks as he joined scores of volunteers at the Central Police Station in downtown Kingston yesterday (May 23), to beautify the facility as part of activities for Labour Day 2017. Central Police Station was one of two national projects. The other was the renovation of the Ward Theatre, also located in downtown Kingston. The scope of work at the Central Police Station included cleaning, bushing and painting as well as landscaping.
The police station has also been selected as one of 55 sites across the island where a mural will be painted as part of the ‘Jamaica 55’ celebrations. The JCF, among other things, is responsible for the maintenance of law and order, the prevention and detection of crime, the investigation of alleged crimes, the protection of life and property and the enforcement of all criminal laws as defined by the Jamaican Penal Code.