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  • Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, is calling on police personnel to observe the established rules and regulations, noting that indiscipline has no place in the force.
  • In addition, an allocation will be made to the Federation’s welfare fund to help in rehabilitating police officers, who are injured while on duty.
  • Minister Montague expressed gratitude to the police for their service to the country.

Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, is calling on police personnel to observe the established rules and regulations, noting that indiscipline has no place in the force.

Addressing the recent Jamaica Police Federation Conference in St. James, Mr. Montague said indiscipline on the part of the police is counterproductive and undermines the principles on which the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) was established.

“We are going to insist that the discipline improves. Superiors must be saluted; the established rules and regulations must be followed. We urge you to remind yourselves of the rules and regulations,” he said.

He noted that members of the public must be treated with respect and their rights observed. “They will give us more information that way,” he pointed out.

As it relates to measures to improve the welfare of the police, Minister Montague said a programme to repair stations and barracks will get underway shortly.

In addition, an allocation will be made to the Federation’s welfare fund to help in rehabilitating police officers, who are injured while on duty.

“Also, we intend to improve pension calculation so that police officers don’t have to wait (long) to get their pensions after they retire,” the Minister noted.

He said the correctional service is an important part of the fight against crime, and the Government will be undertaking improvements in that area.

 

“We will re-classify prisoners, use electronic bracelets and community orders to help reduce the prison population. We will ensure that each prisoner learns to read and write. Skills training and proper mental medical attention will be improved. A better deportee registration centre with access to support services will be established soon,” he informed.

He said the Ministry intends to improve the working conditions of the warderns  and will “ensure that the audit of prisoners is completed quickly”.

Minister Montague expressed gratitude to the police for their service to the country.

“You are still the most trained and best force in the region. Indeed, you are Jamaica’s finest men and women in uniform. I am proud to be your Minister and I am honoured to serve you, to protect you, and to reassure you,” he said.