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Chief of Defence of the Jamaica Defence Force, Major General Stewart Saunders, has expressed confidence that the latest batch of 120 Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) graduates will contribute to change and greater peace and unity in the society.
The Chief of Defence who was delivering the keynote address at the passing out parade and awards ceremony for the new constables, said that given the current challenging social environment, for them to choose a career in the JCF was a signal of moral fibre.
He said the country now expects that they will execute their duties with dignity, courage, and respect, and pointed out that as the Christmas season approaches, they will be deployed island wide, and should seize the opportunity to show their mettle.
“This is your opportunity to live up to your motto, ‘We serve, we protect and we reassure’. This is your opportunity to make positive contributions to the society as law enforcement officers and citizens dedicated to making Jamaica a better place in which to live and raise future generations,” he said.
He noted that with the current levels of crime, lawlessness, and deteriorating attitudes permeating the society, it was impressive that young men and women still choose to serve their country.
“It is the environment from which you came and immediately following your graduation it is the same environment that you will be required to police in the interest of the state. You have chosen a path that is fraught with challenges that will require you to make many sacrifices, that will test your mental, physical and moral fibre to the hilt,” he said.
Major General Saunders noted that in executing their training and adopting principles of integrity, honesty, high moral values and respect for all, the graduates would be addressing some of the root causes of the divisiveness and criminality in communities, and become true catalysts for change.
The constables are to be deployed islandwide and will begin working on Monday, December 8.

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