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Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips, has said that efforts were being made to revamp the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) training programme, to ensure that its members were more highly skilled.
The aim, he said, was to create a modern security force, with expertise in computer technology, communications, and forensics, among other areas. “Obviously, we are going to have to reform even more the range of technical skills and offerings provided by training institutions serving the JCF,” he stated.
The Minister, who was addressing the Police Federation’s annual scholarship award ceremony held yesterday (Sept. 8) at the Knutsford Court Hotel, pointed to the need to attract more graduate level entrants to the JCF.
“I think people need to understand that the JCF welcomes highly trained and skilled individuals into its midst, Dr. Phillips said, adding that, “we not only want to attract graduates into the force but we also want to provide the opportunity for those currently serving to enhance and refine their own skills.”
It is on this basis that the University of the West Indies is offering, for the first time, a Master of Science Degree programme in National Security and Strategic Studies. The Minister announced that some 10 serving members of the JCF would be entering that programme and the government would be providing scholarship support for those persons.
Meanwhile, the National Security Minister acknowledged the need for improved benefits for the police, but said that, “everything cannot be done at once”.
“I am the first to admit that more needs to be done. It is obvious that a whole range of things including pay policy, issues of rewarding length of service in a special way.having more effective assignments of people in their areas of skilled expertise all need to be done. However, they cannot be done all at once”, he stated.
He however called on the JCF to continue to be a caring organization, “one that serves and continues to serve the needs of its members and one that accepts responsibilities for families and children and indeed, that over time, we will find that many people will be beating down the doors to become proud members of the JCF,” the Minister said.
Some $21 million in scholarships were presented to 70 children of police officers, who are attending tertiary institutions.
The awards, which are valued at approximately $300,000 each over a three-year period, were made by the National Security Ministry in collaboration with the Police Federation. The primary recipients were children of police killed in the line-of-duty.
Forty of the scholarships were given to students already in their second and third year of studies, while the remaining 30 went to students entering tertiary institutions for the first time.
Dr. Phillips explained that the number of recipients had increased this year and would be further augmented in subsequent years.