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Former Commissioner of Police, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin says JCF, ISCF merger inevitable

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 | 1:57 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Former head of the army and police commissioner, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin is of the opinion that the announced merger of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) is an inevitable one which should have taken place long ago.

Speaking to OBSERVER ONLINE Lewin said: “This should have happened long ago as the merger of the two policing entities was one of the strong recommendations of the government sponsored Strategic Review.”

Lewin further stated that not only will it make economic sense for such a merger to take place but it will “bring one streamlined policing entity into being and remove the possibility of duplicity of resources including personnel and physical assets.”

While happy for Cabinet approval of this merger Lewin asked: What are the concurrent moves to this merger? “Again, I refer to the recommendations of the Strategic Review. This alone is not a panacea but must be accompanied with other initiatives such as the changing of the image of the police, uniform change and the change of name from police ‘force’ to police ‘service’,” the Rear Admiral said.

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