Holness sees more good than bad in JCF

Monday, November 19, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that despite all the bad things being said about the Jamaican police force, there are more good than bad officers in the force.

Holness was thanking members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for their efforts to stem crime and violence, at Sunday's annual conference of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) at the National Arena.

“A lot of things have been said about the police force, but there are good men and women in the force. There are more good men and women than the bad ones. But, like in everything else, if you allow the bad ones to have their way, they spoil the whole bunch,” he stated.

Holness noted that the reform process is well underway, and it is not just in response to the public, but it is for the men and women in the JCF.

“They must have a sense of pride, when they put on the uniform, that you the citizens see them as protectors, not as abusers. That you the citizens trust in them. That is part of the problem of crime; if we are able to restore trust, dignity and honour in our police force, with regards to how our citizens see them, and it is happening,” he said.

“We see the tide changing, where more and more communities are asking please send in the security forces. That wasn't the case before, but now it is happening and we are going to continue with the reforms to ensure that we restore our police force to the pride of place in the kinds of the Jamaican citizens,” he noted.

The Government has been seeking to institute a wholesale reform of the JCF since 2017. This would include approval of a Police Service Act in Parliament to overhaul the force.

Balford Henry

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