Bring back the ISCF!

Monday, April 30, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Every day what I read in the various papers is increasingly frightening, as it is all about security concerns and what should be done about it.

The Jamaican people are to be blamed because when they should have spoken out they didn't, but when things started to happen they complain so much.

Some years ago, between 2013 and 2014, when it was being mooted by the People's National Party Government that the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) should be merged with the Jamaica Constabulary Force everyone sat with hands folded and mouths closed and watched it happen.

We must not have understood that the roles and functions of the ISCF formed a critical segment of law enforcement, as the men and women used to keep duties at the hospitals, all the government ministries, and the town centres of all the parish capitals and market districts to include predial and larceny patrol and investigation.

Since this force is no longer around I am sure that less police officers are seen in the town centres, the market districts, and none at the hospitals, none at the government ministries, all that you see at times are security officers which, in my belief, might cost more money. If that is so, where is the sense?

Bring back the ISCF and release more members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to fight the major crime monster. The ISCF will strengthen security presence at hospitals, government ministries, tax offices, Jamaica Customs, market districts, and town centres, while the regular police tackle the hard core crime.

I disagree with the rationale for the merger in the first place; it was an error.

Whenever the zones of special operations and states of emergency are lifted the ISCF can fill the gap with everyday policing and those officers can move on to other areas.

Please bring back the ISCF.

Concerned Jamaican

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