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Minister of National Security, Senator Colonel Trevor MacMillan, has lauded the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica’s (AMCHAM) ‘Grants Pen’ concept, which brings together businesses and police stations in one location.
Speaking at AMCHAM’s Speaker’s Forum Luncheon at the Hilton Kingston Hotel on Tuesday (Aug. 19), Senator MacMillan, noted that this innovation, led to the construction of a number of facilities and institutions “which creatively brings a range of professionals and residents together in one space. This serves to remove the unsavoury “informer syndrome,” (that) is so prevalent in inner-city communities.”
“Because,” he continued, “if you have your police station, medical centre, post office, a bank outlet, and you have other things there, (when) somebody goes in there, people watching don’t know if you are going to the police station to complain. “It is an excellent concept,” the Minister said, noting that the idea has also been adopted in a Portmore community.
“I would like to see ultimately where there is a police station, beside the police station are those services, which are critical to the whole functioning of a community,” he added.
Senator MacMillan noted however, that the Ministry of National Security acknowledged that studies may be necessary, to determine what is suitable for a particular community. To this end, he informed that the Ministry has moved to strengthen the community arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), to encourage improved relationships between citizens and the police.
“It is with this in mind that a Community Policing programme was launched recently. The partnership between the police and the people is based on the premise that both the police and the community must work together to identify, set priorities, solve contemporary problems such as crime and drugs, the fear of crime, social and physical disorder and overall neighbourhood decay, with the goal of improving the overall quality of life in the community,” he pointed out.
The Minister further noted that, simultaneously, the Ministry’s Policy Directorate and Research and Evaluation Unit, in collaboration with other Government departments are engaged in collating data, to assist in designing and implementing programmes aimed at enhancing community safety, through the involvement of community members.
AMCHAM, established in May 1986, is a non-profit independent association, formed by United States (US) business persons and Jamaican nationals, who do business with the US.