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The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has embarked on an aggressive recruitment campaign to highlight the career opportunities available in the Police Force and to generate greater interest among members of the society.
Making his contribution to the 2007/08 Sectoral Debate in the House yesterday (June 13), Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips also informed that the JCF has raised the qualification requirements to ensure that, “we get our share of the best young school leavers.”
Candidates for entry into the police force are now required to have completed full secondary education up to and including Grade 11. The candidate must either hold relevant secondary education certification or must successfully complete an assessment.
“Even more significantly, each candidate will need to undergo psychometric assessment to ensure he or she matches the psychological profile determined appropriate for police professionals,” Dr. Phillips said.
The Minister also noted that the JCF has re-introduced the Graduate Entry Programme, including an internal component for officers who meet the requirement and has potential for accelerated promotion.
“There are currently 40 officers involved in these programmes, 15 in the external component and 25 recruited internally,” Dr. Phillips said.
In addition, the Minister said that some 35 senior members of the security forces have benefited from the newly established National Security and Strategic Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.
Dr. Phillips said the Ministry would be extending its support for advanced academic education to rank and file members in both the JCF and the Island Special Constabulary Force, with an offer of a total of 20 scholarships for undergraduate and post graduate studies in security related disciplines, tenable at any accredited tertiary institution.
“In this regard, I wish to express thanks and appreciation to the Northern Caribbean University for offering to partner with the Force by granting five scholarships tenable at the institution,” the Minister said.

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