Saturday 15 December, 2018

JCF seeks to reassure returning residents amid security concerns

Florence and Halford Anderson, who were viciously murdered  at Mount Pleasant district in Portland recently.

Florence and Halford Anderson, who were viciously murdered at Mount Pleasant district in Portland recently.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is offering assurance to returning residents that their safety and security remains a high priority of the force, and strategies and support systems are being bolstered for their protection.

The response from the JCF comes against the background of recent violent incidents against returning residents, and concerns expressed by members of the Jamaican Diaspora to the commissioner of police during recent meetings in the United Kingdom.

The measures being pursued by the police include the establishment of a point of contact for the Diaspora, to address specific concerns about cases.

In a statement, the JCF said it is also being considered to establish a service to do background checks on request, of persons who returning residents wish to employ.

Likewise, a police liaison officer is also to be appointed in each police division to monitor and provide returning residents with timely feedback on policing matters. Meetings are also to be held routinely at the divisional level, to enhance the sharing of important information between returning residents and the police.

The move is to be augmented by a number of investigative strategies that are geared at paying particular attention to cases involving returning residents.  Of those, Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Crime, Selvin Hay, said: “Our focus on the safety and protection of our returning residents is unequivocal. We take all reported incidents of crimes against them seriously, and will further our work with our partners in government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to ensure communities are safe spaces for all who live, work or visit.”

This, he said, will be complemented by a review of all unsolved serious crimes that were committed against returning residents.

The police are also reminding returning residents to do their due diligence before entering into arrangements with persons, as this may minimise their risk of being exposed to persons who may be seeking to get close to them with the intention of victimising them for financial or other gains, and to immediately report any threats or crimes committed against them to the police.

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