THE police high command says there has been a marked improvement in the behaviour of recruits who enter the Jamaica Police Academy in Twickenham Park, St Catherine, for training.
"We are seeing an improvement in the attitude and definitely the mindset of many of the young men and women who are coming in for training," Michael Smith, Commandant at the academy, said.
The superintendent said the changes have come about as a result of continuous work at the community level through youth clubs and various other groups.
The senior policeman was speaking at the academy on Friday where 187 policemen and women — inclusive of 44 Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) members — graduated.
Former Chief of Defence Staff Stewart Saunders, who is now the acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of National Security, in his address, called on the graduates to be fair and firm during the execution of their duties.
"You must always strive to conduct yourself in a manner that constantly brings credit to the JCF (and ISCF)," said Saunders.
"You must be fair, but firm in executing the law. You must endeavour at all times to be courteous and respectful to all you encounter," he added.
He also challenged recruits to learn as much about the community in which they operate while striving to be shining examples for all around.
Christine Bygrave, a trained nurse who switched careers to join the police force, was among the batch. She explained that when she applied several months ago to enlist in the force, she was not sure if she would have been selected.
"During the time of waiting I decided that, instead of sitting at home and waiting on the call, I would complete my nursing studies and had even started to work at Bellevue hospital for several months," she said.
When the call finally came, she did not hesitate.
At the end of her graduation Friday, some nurses who attended the ceremony in support of their former collegue, greeted her.