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  • State Minister in the National Security Ministry, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says that ensuring the mental and physical health of law-enforcement officers is critical in the fight against crime.
  • The renovation of the building forms part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in January between the JCF and the National Health Fund (NHF), to promote healthy lifestyle among members of the force.
  • Police Commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams, for his part, noted that this MoU represents a “significant investment” in the national security of the country

State Minister in the National Security Ministry, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says that ensuring the mental and physical health of law-enforcement officers is critical in the fight against crime.

“We are about building partnerships for a safer community and to do so, we have to have a healthy police force,” he noted.

Senator Charles Jr. was speaking to JIS News on Thursday (June 23), at the opening of the newly refurbished physiotherapy building at the Medical Services Branch, located at the National Police College in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine.

It provides rehabilitative services for members of Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise.

The State Minister encouraged the members to make use of the facility in order to improve their health and wellness.

The State Minister urged police men in particular, to take advantage of the services offered.

“Statistics tells us that we, as men, have to be more proactive…we have to remove from our minds that health checks are invasive. The policemen must see it as a priority to get themselves checked and to acquire the necessary treatment,” he pointed out.

The renovation of the building forms part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in January between the JCF and the National Health Fund (NHF), to promote healthy lifestyle among members of the force.

The NHF provided $5 million from its Institutional Benefits Programme to assist with the refurbishing, which has provided more spacious accommodation for the physiotherapy department.

Under the MoU, which was officially signed at the opening ceremony, the NHF will support the work of the JCF’s Medical Services Branch, including screening members of the force for chronic diseases through its mobile unit.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NHF, Everton Anderson, said the entity is pleased to partner with the JCF on the project.

“The NHF needed to support this venture, which will ensure members of the JCF can retain good health and function when they need physiotherapy services,” he said.

Police Commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams, for his part, noted that this MoU represents a “significant investment” in the national security of the country

Detective Inspector, Carol Chisholm, expressed appreciation for the expanded physiotherapy facility and extended gratitude to the NHF.