Top officers must get in the streets — NY cop tells local police

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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ST ANN, Jamaica — Deputy chief of the New York Police Department, Ruel Stephenson is suggesting that more high ranking officers of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) must be seen working in the streets with their fellow JCF members.

Stephenson, who was speaking at a recent strategy retreat held by the Constabulary said this move could help boost morale and motivate officers as they battle crime.

The deputy chief who attended the retreat as a special guest of Security Minister Robert Montague used the opportunity to echo statements made by the minister that officers must serve with integrity and tackle crime by building relationships at the community level.

“There is no room in policing for corruption. Use the community as a tool to change perception.

This was one of the most important parts of my time here in Jamaica; I have learnt so much that I can take back. You can create change by starting with little things. Small things matter,” the New York cop said.

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