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OCHO RIOS — Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Dianne McIntosh, is encouraging law enforcement officers to remain strong and, to carry out their duties professionally.

She pointed out that the Ministry is working assiduously to assist them, as they seek to protect the nation.

Speaking at the opening of the 27th Annual Joint Central Conference of the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) Association on June 23, at the Gran Bahia Principe Hotel in Runaway Bay, St. Ann, Mrs. McIntosh said despite the many challenges faced by members of the Force, they have achieved successes in the fight against crime.

The Permanent Secretary said the Ministry is forging ahead to be more responsive and integrated in the work of departmental agencies, such as the ISCF.

“This is so, because policy and implementation go hand in hand and we are making every effort to understand the issues from the ground, so that we can design more effective policies, so that when implemented, they will have the required impact,” Mrs. McIntosh said.

She said notwithstanding the bond of unity and sense of teamwork in the Force, one cannot help but acknowledge that more often than not, the price paid is the build  up or the creation of stress.

“It is for this reason that we have moved towards providing comprehensive workshops, which will see station pastors and other counsellors being duly equipped to aid officers with well needed stress management and psychological support,” she said.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla commended the officers for having taken on the responsibility of manning the courts across the island and for protecting judges over the many years.

“I thank you for the service rendered and urge you to continue to hone your skills as you continue to carry out your duties on a daily basis, whether in the courts or otherwise,” she said.

The Chief Justice urged them to be fair and professional in their role as law enforcement officers, and to be mindful of the human rights of all citizens.

“Challenge yourselves to be a line of defence against the rapid encroachment of the cancer of corruption on the values of decency and integrity,” she said.

Also in attendance was State Minister in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Senator the Hon. Arthur Williams.

The two-day conference was held under the theme: ‘Reflections’.

 

By ALDEEN CAMPBELL, JIS Reporter