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The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) yesterday (March 1) launched its Corporate Strategy for 2005 to 2008, with a commitment to curb organized crime and general criminality and to improve the performance standards of the police.
It promises to improve community and road safety and strengthen the force’s organizational capacity in order to make the best use of its staff and other resources and to provide a citizen-focussed service that responds to the needs of individuals and communities and inspires confidence in the force.
The new plan, which was unveiled by Commissioner of Police Lucius Thomas at the Police Officers’ Club in Kingston, calls for $7.8 billion to be spent over the three-year period to construct and refurbish police stations island-wide, improve training facilities at Twickenham Park and for the acquisition of motor vehicles and other needed equipment.
The money will also go towards putting in place a new stores inventory systems for improved resource management and investment in the human resource management department and the professional standards branch.
Commissioner Thomas urged the public to buy into the new plan, which he said, was built on the gains of the previous strategy launched by former Commissioner Francis Forbes over five years ago.
Stating that “considerable progress” has been made since then, Commissioner Thomas mentioned that on the investigative side of crime management, over 4,500 frontline officers were trained in crime scene preservation, more than 150 detectives were trained in major investigation techniques and 25 scenes of crime officers were trained in the collection of forensic evidence.
He further pointed out the JCF’s efforts in traffic management had resulted in increased public education, targeted road traffic enforcement island-wide, training of traffic analysts and the establishment of a traffic unit, which provides vital information for various purposes including road engineering.
The Police Commissioner acknowledged that while the new strategy was expensive, crime fighting was a costly undertaking and required significant investment. “Security is a very demanding and expensive activity, which requires sound investments and management to achieve success in crime control,” he stated.
Continuing he added, “for us to succeed, our members must be equipped with the tools and skills necessary to address the range of incidents that result from public disorder, antisocial behaviour and serious and organized crime”.
He further called for the support of the general public, the business community and all concerned stakeholders in order to ensure the success of the new plan. “Alone we fail, but with the requisite financial and other support of government and citizens working in partnership, we can realize our goal of achieving a secure environment,” he stated.
Aubyn Hill, head of the restructuring office at Air Jamaica, who was the keynote speaker at the launch, urged the Police Commissioner to act “swiftly and radically” in the early stages of his tenure, to prevent and avoid prolonged problems within the force.
Mr. Hill also called on the nation to come together and support the JCF’s newest venture to effectively protect and serve the nation.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Gilbert Scott, gave the assurance that the Ministry would support the JCF initiative.
“We will work with the Ministry of Finance to ensure that the force gets as much as is in the proposal as possible,” he stated, adding that, “we will be working with you hand in hand step by step to achieve the goals of the corporate strategy plan”.

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