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The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is planning to increase personnel by 800 recruits this year.
This would increase the size of the JCF to 9,200, and police complement to 13,000, including the additional 1,800 members of the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) and 2,000 Special Constables.
This was revealed by Communications Director for the JCF, Karl Angell, at a press briefing at the Police Officers’ Club, Hope Road, Kingston, on Thursday morning (January 7).
He said that the JCF has ramped up its recruiting drive, with the two training facilities now at capacity. Since January, 250 recruits have been enrolled at Tranquility Bay in St. Elizabeth and the Police Academy at Twickenham Park in St. Catherine. This is in addition to District Constables, who are also in training.
Mr. Angell says that although the aim is to increase the size of the JCF to 12,000, realistically, the JCF is hoping to add 800 to its establishment in 2010. Presently, there are 8,400 in the force.
Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of Operations, Glenmore Hinds, said that, as part of its strategy to reduce crime, the operations arm of the JCF will continue to beef up personnel deployed on the streets.
The police want to have 80 per cent of its human resources visible, with the remainder committed to administrative and investigative duties, Mr. Hinds said.
He noted that there is a direct correlation between reducing criminal free space, by having more police on the streets and the ability for criminals to commit offences.
“It’s about controlling public spaces that will lead to a reduction in crime,” he remarked.
Mr. Hinds cautioned, however, that murders occur in diverse places, and increasing the number of police in public places may not necessarily prevent a murder from being committed in the home, for example.
Meanwhile, DCP Hinds said there would be variations, according to areas, in the overall strategies employed by the force in carrying out its operations this year.
“What is currently taking place is that each geographic division, using the Commissioner’s strategic priority as a base document, has developed its own sets of priorities and they have set their own targets, which are being finalised and also their operation inputs,” he explained.
DCP Hinds added that there will be a variation of the strategies employed, because all divisions do not have the same characteristics.

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