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More than 100 police officers, from 14 divisions, have been trained in Community-Based Policing (CBP) to be deployed to various communities islandwide. Training of additional officers is expected to be completed island by next month.
CBP, which has been implemented in several communities, is a law enforcement philosophy and organizational strategy based on partnership between citizens and police to address the root causes of crime, disorder, and fear of crime.
Commissioner of Police Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin made the announcement while speaking at the official roll-out of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) CBP held yesterday (June 20) at “Bigga Complex,” in Newland, St Catherine.
Commissioner Lewin said community policing should not only be the philosophy of the JCF but that it should be the practice of every member of the Force.
Addressing what he said is the mistaken impression by some persons, who see community policing as “soft policing,” he said it was a style of policing where there is trust and communication and where the police, citizens, and other partners working together to identify issues of concern and to resolve them.
“I expect community officers like any other officer to arrest offenders where they are detected and where there is sufficient evidence and where there is justifiable reason to use deadly force. I expect that it will be used and used effectively,” he said.
He said there was still more to be done in the area of community policing and promised that it would be further expanded.
“This is a programme which will run throughout my period of tenure as Commissioner and I know well beyond that,” Rear Admiral Lewin added.
To support the introduction of the CBP, he said the Community Safety and Community Relations Branches were merged and equipped to deliver a range of services that would effectively meet the needs of communities.
“We now have community safety branches in every police division with trained crime prevention professionals in them already working to support crime prevention, community safety, partnership working , the safe school programmes, youth programmes, neighbourhood watch and of course community policing,” he said.
He thanked the representatives of international agencies, including the United States Agency for International development (USAID), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the British High Comissioner’s department for contributing funds towards the purchase of motor vehicles, computers and furniture to equip the community policing units.
Attending the launch were the Governor-General, His Excellency, Professor Sir Kenneth Hall; Senator Arthur Williams, Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security; Mayor of Portmore, Keith Hinds; and Dr. Andrew Wheatley, Mayor of Spanish Town.

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