Commissioner of Police Urges Officers To Build Sustainable Partnerships


Commissioner of Police, Dr. Carl Williams, has reemphasized the importance of community-based initiatives as he addressed participants at the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Community Safety and Security Branch (CSSB) National Symposium held at the Mico University on Saturday, June 25.

“The Police are almost indistinguishable from the community in terms of our wider responsibilities; it means therefore that the community too has responsibilities to help to ensure their safety and security,” said the Commissioner.

Dr. Williams also urged Police Officers to go into the communities, meet the citizens and build meaningful and sustainable partnerships.

“The CSSB is only the leader of the strategic priorities that we have in place for community-based policing, but it is incumbent on the rest of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to ensure the implementation on the ground with the people,” said Dr. Williams. The attendees, including members of the JCF, Police recruits in training, and stakeholders such as USAID and the United Way of Jamaica, were in visible agreement when the Commissioner further stressed that “When you respect the citizens, they will in turn respect you. They will start feeling a sense of ownership for the problem and they will have a stake in ensuring the solution is found.

” The symposium featured sessions from the Miguel ‘Steppa’ Williams on youth engagement; Assistant Superintendent of Police Coleridge Minto, Director of Safety and Security in Schools in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, who spoke on School Safety and Security, as well as Mr. Allan Bernard spoke on leveraging support through community-based organisations.