Thursday 16 July, 2020

Outrage: Federation lashes out at security minister's criticism of JCF

Members of the Jamaica Police Federation say they have been left fuming over recent criticism, which were reportedly made by Minister of National Security about the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

“The Jamaica Police Federation is shocked and outraged by the comments made by Dr. Horace Chang, Minister of National Security. The Minister’s comments that the Jamaica Constabulary Force cannot be changed is infelicitous and paints the Jamaica Constabulary Force in a very negative light,” Chairman of the federation, Corporal Arleen McBean said in a release on Saturday.

McBean said the statements has not only painted the JCF in a negative light but it has also demotivated rank and file members of the JCF.

She said as a result of the development, the federation was asking for an immediate retraction of the comments. The federation chairman said she would also be writing to the minister to request an urgent meeting.

“The Minister further states that the current police force is unprofessional and beyond repair,” the release from the Federation claimed.

“We believe that this has further demoralized and demotivated the hardworking Rank and File members of the Constabulary Force, who have made and continues to make tremendous sacrifices for the citizens of Jamaica,” McBean said.

The release said the Central Committee of the Jamaica Police Federation is of the considered opinion that it is unfortunate that the Minister sees the police force as irreparable. It reflects poorly on successive government administration and the current Minister of National Security’s position appears to have influenced the nonchalant approach around the negotiation table.

According to McBean successive administrations have failed to invest in the human capital of the JCF and for the Minister of National Security to state that the police force is the complete opposite to the first world Jamaica Defence Force gives the impression that members of the Constabulary are not valued and are incompetent.

 McBean further states that members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force are being recruited by a number of police services across the Caribbean. This means that the training that Jamaican police officers are exposed to is highly recognized and valued by our Caribbean counterparts.

McBean went further.

She said that the Federation was of the view that the Minister’s public criticism of the Jamaica Constabulary Force has further discredited “our efforts and has emboldened those who seek to trample on the efforts of the hardworking members of the Rank and File; and reduced the gains made at boosting our reputation in the eyes of the public.”

 If it is that the Minister genuinely believes that the force is irreparable then it would have been prudent for the Police Federation to be party to those discussions and not to have heard same publicly.


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