JIS News

Superintendent in charge of the Manchester Police Division, Lascelles Taylor, has called on parents to encourage children, with the requisite passes in the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) examinations, to join the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

“Gone are the days when you become a policeman, it is just an ordinary policeman. Now when you become a policeman or woman, you are exposed; the Force is so structured that you can come into the Force and you can further your education,” he told a community meeting on January19, at the Patrick Town Moravian Church, Manchester.

“In the force you have every profession, and almost every member is going towards university and getting a degree,” the superintendent told the large gathering of persons, consisting of community members, the police, the National Youth Service (NYS) and the Victim Support Unit representatives.

He called on parents to protect their boys from the criminal network, as adults are using young boys to commit crimes and that, most often, these boys get caught while the real criminal escapes.

Mr. Taylor also urged persons to use mediation in resolving conflicts, rather than resorting to violence.

“Where you have family conflicts, don’t resort to instruments. You have the pastors in your community, you have the Justices of the Peace and you have the teachers, and we offer professional service in counseling and mediation,” he stated.

Delivering his first public statement after being assigned to head Area 3 (Clarendon, Manchester and St. Elizabeth), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Derrick Cochrane pointed to the need for citizens to be involved in fighting crime. He noted that many ardent criminals seek refuge in rural communities, when the police break their power bases in urban communities.

“In order for you to maintain your status as one of the low crime areas in Jamaica, and for us collectively to tackle the crime scourge, the citizens and police have to work together. We cannot operate in splendid isolation of each other. It is by working together, working in unison, working in tandem, working in harmony, that we are going to tackle and neutralize and ultimately eliminate the crime monster,” the ACP said.