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  • Police Commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams, is calling for more partnerships with Jamaicans at all levels of the society, to assist the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to fight crime.
  • The Commissioner said these partnerships will play a vital role in mending broken fences between the Police and the public.
  • The Commissioner said members of the JCF’s Community and Security Unit will be playing a lead role in the efforts to bring the communities and the Police together in addressing crime and violence.

Police Commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams, is calling for more partnerships with Jamaicans at all levels of the society, to assist the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to fight crime.

Speaking at a Town Hall Meeting at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre in Sam Sharpe Square, St. James, on May 28, the Commissioner said these partnerships will play a vital role in mending broken fences between the Police and the public and will also give members of the JCF a clear indication of the people they serve and protect.

“The police must go out in communities as they have been doing. The police must interact with citizens, develop their trust and develop the confidence. Partnership is the only way that we can achieve this,” Dr.  Williams emphasised.

The Commissioner said members of the JCF’s Community and Security Unit will be playing a lead role in the efforts to bring the communities and the Police together in addressing crime and violence.

“This whole thrust is premised on the principle that the Police cannot solve the problems of the communities all by themselves…the whole society has a stake in the policing of itself,” he argued.

He noted that in the building of partnerships, there will be criminal elements who will continue to resist, but that can be countered by the law abiding majority who desire peace and violent free communities.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner  hailed the efforts of Senior Superintendent of Police in charge of the St. James Division, Steve McGregor, for the staging of 33 community meetings since taking over command seven  weeks ago.

This, he said, will assist greatly in bridging the gap between the police and members of the public.

“Like it or not, we have to acknowledge that a big gap has developed between the Police and the public, a result of which has been a breakdown in trust and  a breakdown in the confidence that people should have in the police,” Dr. Williams said.

The Commissioner is also lamenting the high rate of murders taking place in Western Jamaica, in particular, St. James, which is a major cause for concern.

“In St. James, Westmoreland and all those places…we have lost our way. It’s time to find it back,” he said.

Dr. Williams noted that St. James is leading the country in terms of the number of murders which have been committed since the start of the year, with 76 murders recorded, compared to 55 at the same time last year.