100 district constables for tourist areas
The Ministry of National Security, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), will today induct 100 District Constables into the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to augment the provision of security in resort towns in Jamaica.
Following six weeks of training, the District Constables, who were selected from the parishes of Kingston, Portland, St. Ann, St James, Trelawny and Westmoreland, as well as the JCF's Community Safety and Security Branch, will be graduating at a ceremony at the National Police College of Jamaica in Twickenham Park, St Catherine. They will be strategically deployed in areas that have consistent influx of tourists throughout the year.
The Police High Command and TPDCo partnered on this initiative out of the need for additional security personnel to continue to cauterise tourist harassment and crimes against foreign nationals in the island.
Deputy Commissioner Glenmore Hinds, who will be at the ceremony, has pledged the support of the JCF to ensuring that all goes well with the venture. "The JCF is in full support of securing the tourism product and enhancing the tourism experience. We are fully committed to this initiative and will protect all our citizens and all who enter our country," said DCP Hinds.
Assistant Commissioner in charge of training at the National Police College of Jamaica, Norman Heywood, added that this initiative has the potential to positively impact the number of tourists visiting the country, which in turn, would aid in economic development.
"As a training officer I am pleased with the partnership between TPDco and the JCF to have District Constables in the resort areas and I hope it is the beginning of a more long-term partnership as this can only enhance security in tourist resort areas, which will lead to more visitors, sustainable economic growth and a higher sense of safety and security," said ACP Heywood.