Govt Transitioning Security Forces Away from the Use of Force


Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, says the government is committed to ensuring that the security forces transition from an ‘over-reliance’ on the use of force.

But he says this must be balanced and take into consideration the dangerous environment in which the security forces operate.

Mr. Holness was addressing the opening of the Caribbean Use of Force in Law Enforcement Conference in Kingston today.

The Prime Minister says a more nuanced approach is needed to address the use of force in the fight against crime.

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Mr. Holness was addressing an audience which included members of the Police Command, INDECOM Commissioner, Terrence Williams, and US Ambassador to Jamaica, Luis Moreno.

He told the audience that he did not attend the conference as a ceremonial act.

He said it’s important that he calls on all stakeholders at the conference to consider a use of force policy which is balanced.

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Mr. Holness says, over the years, the emphasis on the use of force to contain crime has not worked.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

One thought on “Govt Transitioning Security Forces Away from the Use of Force

  1. Alexis F

    First step is to make the officers seem more human like. Allow them more flexibility in rapport with the public. Let them have random acts of kindness and dance off with the public etc.

    Right now it’s hard to differentiate the police from the bad men. Especially when they both in plain clothes and have a long gun. Also the soldiers need to focus on the borders and not to keep searching market stalls and other menial work. Have some respect for them. They aren’t slaves. That’s the job of the ksac patrol team. It’s disgraceful to see them in the hot sun in truck backs with tons of equipment on their backs.

    I also believe the police should have trackers on every police vehicles. So much to change jeez.

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