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  • In another year or two, about 25 per cent of the police force will possess at least a first degree.
  • It is commonplace for police personnel to strive to constantly upgrade themselves, acquiring not just Bachelor’s but sometimes Masters degrees, with some even pursuing PhDs.
  • In 2012, the Government has strived to accelerate the pace of recruitment and training of police officers in keeping with efforts to transform the JCF.

National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, says that in another year or two, about 25 per cent of the police force will possess at least a first degree.

“I am pleased that in recent years, we have been seeing rising academic qualifications of our police personnel. One recent batch had almost 50 per cent with first degrees,” the Minister noted.

Mr. Bunting was addressing the Passing Out Parade and Awards ceremony for Batch 106 of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), held at the Jamaica Police Academy, Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, on December 13.

The Minister pointed out that it is commonplace for police personnel to strive to constantly upgrade themselves, acquiring not just Bachelor’s but sometimes Masters degrees, with some even pursuing PhDs.

He informed that for this cohort, comprising 214 Constables, 18 entered the Police Academy with tertiary level qualifications, ranging from business administration, information technology and accounts to electrical and structural engineering. He added that one recruit was completing his Law degree.

Mr. Bunting said it is vital that more and more qualified persons enter the force, contending that “we have to find smarter, better, more innovative ways to practise our policing, because the criminals are also engaging some of the best professional minds to assist them.”

He further noted that since he became Minister in 2012, the Government has strived to accelerate the pace of recruitment and training of police officers in keeping with efforts to transform the JCF.

“Today marks the start of a proud and important career for these 214 constables with our nation’s security force. You are joining the JCF at a critical juncture in its history when it is undergoing an important transformation and modernization programme, aimed at transforming it into a modern professional, accountable and appropriately resourced police service. As new members, you are vital to this process,” he told the graduates.

Mr. Bunting said he was pleased that the graduating officers have been taken through the new “carefully crafted and deliberate” training curriculum as part of the ongoing reform process.

He emphasized that much is expected of the new officers who, in the execution of their duties, will have to call upon all they have learned in psychology, communication, sociology, ethics and conflict management, human rights, and importantly, the use of force policy.

“As you proceed for deployment across the country….I appeal to you to maintain the highest standards of professional excellence, integrity and discipline in discharging your duties,” the Minister urged.