DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn has expressed confidence in the work at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), noting that it has been recognised internationally and other countries frequently seek recommendations on managing their own criminal justice systems.
"The DPP's office is a brand and we are called upon, both locally and internationally, to give service to participate and we give excellent value for money," she said during a worship service at East Queen Street Baptist Church in Kingston on Sunday, which was used to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the ODPP.
"Our mutual legal assistance team and our extradition unit is regarded by our international partners as perhaps the best in the Caribbean. I have been told so at conferences by the central authority for England, America, Canada," she said.
At the same time, she also stressed that the ODPP has come a long way in systematising protocols.
"We have systems in place that automatically when you come into the office you are assigned to a deputy and peer crown council, there is an HR (human resource) drive that has a full orientation package — with annual reports, mutual assistance guide, firearms and gun court material, model guidelines for prosecutors," she explained.
Further Llewellyn noted that the work of the ODPP is of excellent quality.
"We cannot be beaten in the Caribbean, in terms of the delivery of service. So good are we that sometimes we have to be giving advice and assistance to the central authority in respect of what needs to be done to get access to quality service from Jamaica," she said.
In the meantime, Llewellyn said she is looking forward to continuing the great work with her team.
"I have never been captured, detained or bothered by the fact that I am the first female; I look at myself as somebody who has been called to higher service and I have a job to make sure that not only are we giving service above self but that we enhance our operations efficiency as an office and that we make sure that excellence in service transcends gender," she said.
"We are ready, willing and able to bear the brunt of excellence in the delivery of service and we will only get better and better," she added.