The Traffic and Highway Patrol Division and the Motorised Patrol Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will be merged to form a new entity called the Public Safety and Traffic Management Branch (PSTMB).
Minister of National Security, Dr. Horace Chang, who made the announcement during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday, June 12, said the merged unit will have primary responsibility for public safety in town centres and major roadways, starting with the Kingston Metropolitan Region and Montego Bay.
The aim is to enhance efficiency and focus on traffic management.
Dr Chang said the PSTMB will include a roving motorcycle team to allow for rapid response in sufficient numbers; teams that concentrate primarily on breaches of public order that threaten citizen safety, such as vending outside of designated areas; and teams that focus on safety along the major thoroughfares.
“They’ll, of course, be trained to interface with the public as was done in the zones of special operations (ZOSOs) and that they will do so in a professional manner at all times,” Dr. Chang said.
The National Security Minister noted that while major emphasis will be placed on enforcement, there will also be a public education drive to enlighten citizens about the importance of public order and the impact on public safety.
The Minister said more details will be provided by the Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson.