JIS News

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is to play an integral role in Emancipation/ Independence celebrations in Spanish Town.
Commanding Officer for the St. Catherine North Police Division, Superintendent Terrence Bent told JIS News that members of the JCF have been attending all planning meetings and would be making arrangements to ensure a smooth flow of the events.
One critical role the police will undertake is monitoring, controlling and re-routing traffic as many persons are expected to take part in the activities.
“This area has hosted several events of a similar nature and there’s a template we use. What we will do is refine the template and operations to meet the demand,” he said.
Mr. Bent said that a public education campaign would be undertaken before July 31, to make people aware of the necessary traffic changes and restrictions.
“We are confident that with the support from the organizers and our own operatives in the JCF, we can make it as smooth as possible,” he said.
On the matter of security, Superintendent Bent told JIS News that these events are not known to have security concerns, because they are cultural in nature. However, he pointed out that because of the large crowds expected, criminal elements might be inclined to take advantage of this, so the police would be implementing its preventive strategies.
“We will be deploying different measures, overt and covert, but we are confident that the police personnel deployed will be able to prevent [anything] and allow for a peaceful event,” he said.