Tourist harassment measures implemented

August 31, 2017
Dr Andrew Spencer

The Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) has implemented anti-harassment initiatives and security measures to ensure a safe and hassle-free environment for tourists.

A major thrust launched last year was the Tourism District Constable programme, which saw 100 officers being deployed in the resort areas.

Another 100 constables were deployed with the discontinuation of the Tourism Courtesy Corps programme in May of this year.

Executive director of TPDCo, Dr Andrew Spencer, said, "We want to see the statistics of crime against tourists at zero ... and we also believe that in providing 200 constables, we are not just providing security for our tourists but for locals, so it is a safe and secure environment for all," Dr Spencer emphasised.

Some 50 district constables have now been assigned to Montego Bay, 45 in Negril, 44 in Ocho Rios, 22 in Falmouth, 13 in Kingston, and the remainder in Port Antonio and on the south coast.

The executive director informed that under the programme, the TPDCo has provided motor vehicles, handcuffs, radios and other necessary equipment for the constables to undertake their daily duties.

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