New Police Recruits Urged to Remain Steadfast to Duty

“Through your efforts, you will be able to reaffirm the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) as a premier Force for good, with truly Jamaican characteristics. You will be able to accomplish this through respect for your fellow Jamaicans [and] strong community spirit,” he further stated. National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, is imploring the latest batch of police recruits to be steadfast in their commitment to safeguarding the society.Addressing the passing-out parade for 147 new police constables at the National Police College of Jamaica’s Harman Barracks Campus in Kingston on Wednesday (August 7), Dr. Chang urged them to make public safety a priority and, in so doing, serve with pride and professionalism.“Through your efforts, you will be able to reaffirm the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) as a premier Force for good, with truly Jamaican characteristics. You will be able to accomplish this through respect for your fellow Jamaicans [and] strong community spirit,” he further stated.Dr. Chang argued that a “novel approach” is needed to curtail the prevailing wave of crime and violence, citing as imperative, the involvement of the men and women of the JCF “who are willing to stand up in defence of what is good”.National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang (centre), conducts a review of 147 new police recruits graduating from the National Police College of Jamaica’s Harman Barracks Campus in Kingston on Wednesday (Aug. 7).The Minister described the recruits’ completion of their training as a “true reflection” of purpose, strength of character, and “unwavering dedication to Jamaica”, adding that they have heeded the call to serve and protect Jamaicans with integrity, while respecting the rights all persons.“The Jamaica Constabulary Force is under pressure, and the integrity of its members is being tested in extraordinary ways. While we can readily identify some of the sources of the pressure, it is equally important for us to implement adequate measures that will improve the efficacy, morale, and professionalism of our officers,” Dr. Chang said.This, the Minister pointed out, by equipping them with the best resources for community engagement and crime fighting, adding that the “process of achieving this goal has begun with a comprehensive review of the human requirements of the Force”.Dr. Chang indicated that Police Commissioner, Major Antony Anderson, is spearheading the JCF’s reform, which aims to identify the quantity and quality of personnel required to transform the organisation’s culture.The Minister said significant emphasis is being placed on infrastructure upgrading, specialised training, and appropriately equipping the members.“We are working towards the establishment of a modern, relevant Jamaica Constabulary Force, and the new graduates will be able to inform and influence the outcome of the process,” Dr. Chang added. Story Highlights National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, is imploring the latest batch of police recruits to be steadfast in their commitment to safeguarding the society. Addressing the passing-out parade for 147 new police constables at the National Police College of Jamaica’s Harman Barracks Campus in Kingston on Wednesday (August 7), Dr. Chang urged them to make public safety a priority and, in so doing, serve with pride and professionalism. read more

PHOTOS Cake Cutting Ceremony for Miss Lou

Director at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Marjorie Leyden-Vernon, brings greetings at the 100th birthday anniversary celebration and cake cutting ceremony for Louise Bennett Coverley, affectionately called Miss Lou, held at the Gordon Town Community Centre in St. Andrew, on Saturday (Sept. 8). Students of the Louise Bennett Coverley All-age School in St. Andrew perform one of the late cultural icon’s poems at her 100th birthday anniversary celebration and cake cutting ceremony held at the Gordon Town Community Centre on Saturday (Sept. 8).

Grange Well Done Jamaica

The Jamaicans finished third on the medals table with three gold, five silver and four bronze medals. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has praised the Jamaican team for “a job well done” at the IAAF Championships with ended today (Sunday) in Doha. “I think it was a very good showing by Jamaica and we must congratulate and encourage all members of the team who represented our country with such heart, determination, courage and dignity,” said Minister Grange. Story Highlights The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has praised the Jamaican team for “a job well done” at the IAAF Championships with ended today (Sunday) in Doha.“I think it was a very good showing by Jamaica and we must congratulate and encourage all members of the team who represented our country with such heart, determination, courage and dignity,” said Minister Grange.The Jamaicans finished third on the medals table with three gold, five silver and four bronze medals.Jamaica won three medals on the final day of the World Championships when the men’s 4×400 relay team of Akeem Bloomfield, Nathon Allen, Terry Thomas, and Demish Gaye took silver behind the United States team.The team of Anastasia Le-Roy, Tiffany James, Stephenie Ann McPherson, and Shericka Jackson took the bronze in the women’s 4X400 won by the United States with Poland second.And Danielle Williams took the bronze in the 100 metre hurdles with Janeek Brown placing 7th.Minister Grange said:“Jamaica athletes won 12 medals across disciplines on the track and in the field and I’m very proud of our performances.  There were disappointments and setbacks, but we also witnessed awesome achievements on which we will continue to build.  I congratulate each member of the team, including the coaching and support staff, for a job well done.”Minister Grange also used her visit to Doha to advance discussions with the leadership of the IAAF regarding the possibility of Jamaica hosting a major athletic event in 2023.Minister Grange also met with her Kenyan counterpart to discuss initiatives to operationalise the sports, culture and heritage cooperation agreement which was signed between both countries last August in Kingston.Under the agreement, Jamaica and Kenya will cooperate in organising major sporting events, collaborate on sports science as well as develop an exchange programme for coaches and teachers of physical education, among other initiatives. read more