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Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security Major Richard Reese, has urged members of the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF), to embrace change as a critical tool in upholding the order of law in Jamaica.
Major Reese was speaking at the Officers’ Association 23rd Annual General Conference for the ISCF held in Ocho Rios, St. Ann on July 9.
Speaking alongside a panel that included Commissioner of Police, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin, the Permanent Secretary said technological advancements have allowed criminals to expand their already well-organised underground networks.
Citing this evolution, he told the ISCF that the police force has to “retool very quickly” and train to improve competency in order to address this challenge.
The ISCF was established as a first reserve unit to the Jamaica Constabulary Force, providing strategic aid to the regular force when necessary in all matters of policing.
The Permanent Secretary thanked the ISCF for its invaluable role in helping to maintain law and order in Jamaica, and also complimented them on their keen administrative work, including their asset management and high staff-retention rate.
“Despite all challenges, you have risen to the occasion,” he said.

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