Acting Commissioner and chief of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Novelette Grant, announced her 90-day crime-fighting plan at her first press conference on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Below is the full text of the section of her press release dealing with ‘The Next 90 Days’:
THE NEXT 90 DAYS
We have no miracles – yes, I said it again. For my 90 days as Acting Commissioner of Police, my team and I do not promise to work miracles. However, what we promise to do is to work together, and continue to partner with key stakeholders.
As part of our internal strategic focus, we will ensure members are energised to take on the dangerous and difficult task of policing in Jamaica, particularly in high risk communities. The restoration of internal order is critical to effecting public order. We acknowledge gaps in how we operate and we’ll be working to get better, more effective presence and performance.
- Employee motivation and morale is high on the agenda
- Performance and output
- Discipline and conduct
We want to remind all officers that the hallmark of professional policing is moral courage – the ability to do that which is right in the face of criticism, scorn, mockery, lack of appreciation, adversity and opposition. In the words of esteemed poet Alfred Tennyson’s words – “Because right is right, to follow right, were wisdom in the scorn of consequence.” We will do the right thing.
- Increased focus on violence reduction – strategic and focused deployment of assets, especially in high crime divisions
- Renewed focus on maintenance on public order – we expect compliance from citizens and the police to enforce the law, without fair or favour
- A number of initiatives are already in place, they just need to be refocused and re-tooled
- Operation Tidal Wave– will be focused and re-energised, with activities carried out with support of specialist formations and the JDF
- Community Safety and Security Branch will be a lot more visible to do complementary crime prevention and reduction work – special focus on gender based and domestic violence, youth violence, and community conflict management, and they have been mandated to intensify the work to be done in Western Jamaica
- Praedial larceny prevention to be ramped up through CSSB
- Get the Guns campaign – will still be pushed as an internal initiative We accept responsibility to be the lead in getting the guns and arresting offenders, even as we welcome the public’s support
- Increase in narcotics work
- Counter-gang and disrupting prolific offenders