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    A Bill to allow the linking of service in the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), was passed in the House of Representatives yesterday (January 16).
    The legislation will facilitate pension payments to officers who have served in both arms of the Force.
    State Minister for Finance and Planning, Fitz Jackson, who piloted the Act to amend the Constabulary Force Act explained that the legislation sought to “make services in the Jamaica Constabulary Force an extension of services in the Island Special Constabulary Force.members of the ISCF were transferred to the Jamaica JCF in an effort to improve the enlistment levels of the JCF”.
    He added that the Government was seeking to ensure that in facilitating the movement of personnel from the ISCF to the JCF, members would not lose pension benefits, as both were separate engagements.
    Meanwhile Opposition Member of Parliament for North Western St. Andrew, Derrick Smith raised concerns regarding the status of the proposed 40-hour work week for members of the JCF.
    Mr. Jackson assured that, “there is an undertaking between the government and the Police Federation to pursue those discussions and to bring them to some conclusions. The fact of the matter is that, it is not a very simple matter in terms of the permutation of the hours, which are to be used in considering hours worked after 40 hours. Both sides recognize that there are some peculiar areas of the JCF police work that will require them to work beyond the 40 hour per week”.
    The State Minister added that “there is some reconciliation being done with those numbers to form the basis of further discussions. But the commitment of the Government is in place in respect of bringing those to some conclusion”.
    He further noted that upon the return of Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips to the island this week, both Ministries would undertake discussions to, “fine tune the proposals that we would subsequently have with the police federation and the police high command”.