ONE POLICE FORCE FOR JAMAICA – Red Seam And Blue Seam To Merge

Minister of National Security Peter Bunting says that Cabinet has
approved a merger of the Jamaica Constabulary force (JCF) and the Island
Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) through the incorporation of the
members of the ISCF into the JCF.

result in an increase in the number of police personnel engaged in
frontline crime prevention and control activities, the Security Ministry
said in statement Tuesday.

The merger will be effected during the 2014/2015 financial year, the Ministry said.

Bunting noted that the merging of the two forces has been recommended by
the Wolfe Report of 1991 as well as five separate reports and studies
since.

Police Commissioner Owen Ellington said that the two entities have
been operating together as a virtual single force in recent times, but
the realization of all benefits required policy and legislative support.

He noted that the existence of two separate legal entities, operating
within the same space and performing similar, and in some cases
identical, functions presented a number of operational challenges.

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Commissioner Ellington argued that the merging of the entities will result in significant efficiency gains.  These include: 

a) The implementation of a single command and communication structure;

b)  Elimination of duplication in administrative services

c)  Expansion in the skill sets of police personnel through the unification of training programmes

d)  Rationalization of various overheads such as rental of property, and

e)  Creation of the means by which the transmission and inculcation of a core set of common values can be effected.

The decision to seek Cabinet approval for the incorporation of the ISCF
into the JCF followed months of consultation with several stakeholders
within both the ISCF and the JCF, as well as with other parties.

Bunting Tuesday morning met with representatives of the police
associations, the JCF and ISCF senior management, and senior policy
managers of the MNS.

At that meeting, it was agreed to establish an Implementation Task Force
comprising representatives of these groups to finalise the draft
implementation plan, which will include comprehensive communication with
members of the JCF and ISCF as well as the public to ensure a smooth
transition.

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