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Jackson Chides Security Minister, Police Commissioner Over Resources Given To Rank And File Cops

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Jackson Chides Security Minister, Police Commissioner Over Resources Given To Rank And File Cops

  Opposition Spokesman on National Security Fitz Jackson has taken the National Security Minister and Commissioner of Police to task over the allocation of resources to rank and file cops, and the pace of the modernisation of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).   He is challenging them to use the increased budget to give greater support to police personnel, or risk facing low staff morale and poor results in fighting crime.   The challenge was issued on Wednesday as Mr. Jackson addressed the Jamaica Police Federation’s 76th annual joint central conference at the Moon Palace Hotel in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.   Mr. Jackson stated that he supports the modernisation of the military and the JCF but the two must be done at a similar pace “but it cannot be that the JCF must stand behind as a bastard child.”    He also advocated for a greater ratio of resources for rank and file members in relation to other areas of the force.    “Every Jamaican welcomes the fact that the budget for the Ministry of National Security increased by over $20 billion. Most of that was spent on the aircraft and the helicopters and the boats, but you can’t spend on those when the basic things like good motor vehicles are not provided; it can’t be adequate when stationeries for the police to do their work is not available. Those are some of the basic, fundamental things that must be dealt with as a matter of priority,” he insisted.    Don’t disband Mobile Reserve   Mr Jackson has made another plea for the plan to disband Mobile Reserve to be withdrawn.   While he acknowledged that the unit has problems, he believes these should be fixed rather than the entire unit being dismantled.    Policing initiatives     Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson on Wednesday briefed Cabinet on current policing initiatives and provided updates on recent incidents of crime across the island, including Clarendon.   A statement Thursday morning from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said the briefing was at the request of Cabinet.   The OPM says General Anderson revealed that the police have strong leads and are in pursuit of suspects involved in the incident in Guinep Tree, Clarendon.