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Fifteen computers and other equipment, were handed over to the Narcotics Division, of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), by Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, Professor E. Nigel Harris, today (November 10).
Handing over the items, at the Office of the Commissioner of Police, Old Hope Road, in Kingston, Professor Harris pointed out that the gift is part of a larger plan by the university, to provide much more practical benefits, in terms of issues that impact the population, particularly crime.
“I think for us, and for much of Jamaica and many parts of the Caribbean, the issue of crime and violence is really the number one issue, and unless we resolve that, I can’t see us developing in the way that we must, and we see the university as playing a major part in terms of partnering with you (the JCF), in that fight against crime,” the Vice Chancellor said.
He noted that the donation, which includes three lap tops, 12 desk top computers, five printers, four flash drives, and four card drives, was facilitated through a UWI Foundation in New York, called the American Foundation.
“It allows people in the Diaspora in North America to donate gifts to the UWI. We in turn, utilise the opportunity, wherever possible, to provide assistance to community projects,” Professor Harris said.
Thanking the Professor for the gift, Commissioner of Police, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin, said that he was happy for the strengthening of the JCF and UWI partnership, “in this tangible manner.”
“It’s not only one way, because we do, in fact, have a senior Officer seconded to the UWI to assist with security issues there. We have been in serious dialogue, and we intend to assist with the strengthening of the security on campus, with some new approaches that we are taking with the manpower,” the Commissioner said.
He also congratulated the UWI for the programmes, “that you continue to develop, which are to the betterment of our officers,” citing some senior Officers who graduated from the institution last week.

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