- The facility now has the capacity to seat 144 persons and boasts state-of-the-art audio visual equipment.
- The project was undertaken through funding from the European Union and the United States Embassy.
- The JCF now has the capacity to deliver mass lectures in a more comfortable surrounding utilizing modern technology.
The training capacity of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has been strengthened with the refurbishing of the lecture theatre at the Twickeham Park Academy in St. Catherine.
The facility, which was re-opened earlier this week, now has the capacity to seat 144 persons and boasts state-of-the-art audio visual equipment. The project was undertaken through funding from the European Union and the United States Embassy.
Speaking with JIS News, Superintendent of Police attached to the training branch of the JCF, Anthony Morris, said that with the upgrading, the JCF now has the capacity to deliver mass lectures in a more comfortable surrounding utilizing modern technology.
He said that the JCF is re-developing its training school, and the refurbished lecture theatre “is one of several projects being executed to align the training school to that of a modern, first class complex that will attract both local and regional partners.”
The refurbishing work was carried out under the EU’s $3.7 billion Budget Support Security Sector Reform Programme (SSRP). Of the amount, $242 million has been earmarked for the upgrading of Twickenham Park.
The training school also received audio-visual equipment and air conditioning units from the International Narcotics Law Enforcement section of the US Embassy.
Superintendent Morris told JIS News that the training school and by extension the JCF, is aware of the importance of technology.
“We use technology extensively, especially in training, and we hope that in the future most, if not all the training deliveries are done with the use of technology. An eLearning facility is to be provided by the EU and with this, we will be able to provide more training opportunities for members of the JCF utilizing technology. As a modern police organisation, we have to keep up with what is taking place globally,” he stated.
“We expect that with the continued support from the EU we will, over the next three years, realize the goal of being a first class institution of choice for law enforcement training in the region,” Superintendent Morris highlighted.
Chargé d’Affaires of the Delegation of the EU, Jesús Orús Báguena, who attended the ceremony, said that the EU stands by its commitment to support the Government of Jamaica in its efforts to reduce crime and restore order in the society.
He said the organisation also commits funding to social intervention programmes in vulnerable communities, providing multi-faceted support to Jamaica’s crime reduction efforts.
The EU is also in the process of approving a €12.6 million programme for the security sector, which will focus on the fight against organised crime and corruption. The programme will also provide additional funding for Twickenham Park through capacity building, training, rehabilitation and equipping of classrooms and dormitories.