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The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), as part of its crime prevention strategy, has trained 40 of its members as crime prevention experts, who are available to provide homeowners with advice on how to crime-proof their homes.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), John McLean, who made the disclosure at a recent JIS Think Tank, said that “crime prevention is a very effective way of policing.”
“There are probably two crime prevention officers in each division and they will go out and do crime prevention surveys of your home free of cost. They will give you advice on what to do to protect your home,” he stated.
ACP McLean, who is in charge of Community Safety and Security, further informed that two officers of the JCF were sent to Scotland for an intensive five-week training course to provide expertise on physical and social crime prevention, the use of closed circuit television (CCTV), and architectural designs. “These officers have now come back with the skills and we have commenced a training programme to get officers up to speed in these areas”, ACP McLean told JIS News.
On Wednesday (Nov. 28) the second of a two-week training course involving officers from the JCF and personnel from the National Housing Trust and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), was completed. “What these people do is look at crime prevention and see how they can prevent it from happening in the first place. They can give advice and guidance.
They are very well trained in how to look at houses or business premises to stop crime,” ACP McLean explained.
Commenting on the training programme, ACP McLean noted that the architectural liaison course, involves looking at how to design a building to prevent crime. In terms of CCTV, he said that a number of benefits can be derived from the use of this technology, including crime reduction and public reassurance, but cautioned that this is not a panacea for crime. On the matter of social crime prevention, ACP McLean said that this involves creating awareness about crimes, criminality and how persons can take care of their personal safety. “If you don’t have a crime, you don’t have a victim and we don’t want people to be victims of crime,” ACP McLean maintained.
In the meantime, the JCF strategy to combat crime and violence has lead to the establishment of safety committees in 11 parishes. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Valeen Calder, told JIS News that safety committees have not yet been established in St. Elizabeth, Kingston and St. Andrew, due to the impact of Hurricane Dean and other events, on these parishes. She noted that the safety committees, which were previously called crime prevention committees, are “geared at bringing together agencies to partner and solve problems.”
“If we can shed light on the [community] problems then we can return to normal policing,” she pointed out.