Minister of National Security, Dr. Horace Chang and members of the executives of the Police Federation met on Friday, October 6 following concerns raised by the Federation over comments made by Dr Chang regarding transformation of the Force.
A statement from the Minister’s office said Dr Chang reiterated the intention of the Ministry to transform the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
He had been quoted in the media as saying the Police Force could not be transformed but the Government was intent on getting an improved police service. The Federation in a statement said the Minister’s comments were demoralizing to the rank and file.
Following the meeting Chairman of the Federation Cpl Arlene McBean said in a radio interview that the Federation was reassured by the comments in the meeting.
Minister Chang said reports in the media suggest that his comments about the need for change referred to the current members of the Police Force as opposed to the system and structure of the force. “The current institution and systems of the Police force, with its historical roots in colonialism, must be changed to represent our current reality,” he said.
The minister stressed, “The men and women who comprise the police force are intelligent, highly-skilled, and resilient Jamaicans who commit to protect and serve our country. However, the institution of the JCF in its current state, does not have at this time, the structure and institutional agility required to ensure maximum output and efficiency from our officers.”