Monday, 30 July 2012

Manchester Leads Reduction in Major Crimes in Area 3, Says Security Minister

The Ministry of National Security continued its major thrust in creating a safer Jamaica with the launch of the Dispute Resolution and Violence Prevention Association chapter in Manchester on Thursday July 26, 2012 at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU). The Minister of National Security and Member of Parliament for Central Manchester the Honourable, Peter Bunting, mandated a taskforce within the parish to remedy the scourge of domestic violence which has been a long standing problem within the society. The team, headed by former head of the Jamaica Council of Churches, Rev. Oliver Daley was mandated to reduce and eradicate the trend of domestic violence in Manchester through the use of appropriate models of intervention.
Research has indicated that domestic disputes, which result in serious crimes such as murder, in most cases start out as a mere disagreement between friends and families; These disputes often intensifies because of poor anger management. The Security Minister revealed frightening statistics which showed the urgent need for the launch of the association. “Statistics reveal that of all the divisions in Area 3 Police division, Manchester recorded the highest number if domestic violence cases in 2011, with 265 cases,” he posited.
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National Security Minister and Member of Parliament for Central Manchester Hon. Peter Bunting (left) presents a certificate in Para-professional Counseling to Marques Carter at the recent launch of the Manchester chapter of the Dispute Resolution and Violence Prevention Association at NCU
The Member of Parliament for Central Manchester continued to say that, “the number of incidents in the other divisions also called for concern, as Clarendon and St. Elizabeth recorded 208 and 73 cases respectively.” The minister was quick to point out that there has been a general reduction in the monster of crime especially in the Area 3 Police division. “An assessment of the January to June 2012 against the same period in 2011 reveals a 37.75% reduction in domestic disputes in the Area 3 division. A further breakdown of the statistics shows that the parish of Manchester has seen a 43.8% reduction in these incidents.”
The realization of the vision of Mandeville becoming a ‘centre of Excellence’ is contingent upon the overall social, economic, and physical wellbeing of the constituents. But with the recent spate of attacks on medical practitioners in the parish the Security Minister was quick to allay the fears of members of the medical fraternity.
He lilted that, “recently our community has been rocked by the deaths of four noted medical practitioners and our intelligence does not reveal a target on that particular group of professionals. In all four cases, the evidence suggests that the deaths stemmed from unresolved personal or professional conflicts.”
The Manchester Dispute Resolution and Violence Prevention Association is conceptualized as a medium to address this pressing problem. Counselling and mediation have proven over the years to be effective ways of assisting persons to manage aggression and settle disputes amicably. Through this association the Security Ministry seek to consolidate the skills of professional and community members, who will undergo training to become first responders, capable of diffusing domestic disputes in their communities.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of Area 3, Derrick Cochrane, agreed with the Minister that, “disputes continue to be a concern for us in law enforcement, and are one of the major drivers for crime and violence. Domestic disputes sometimes begin as benign disagreement between friends or families which then escalate to murder and other serious crimes. This is because of poor anger management, and the lack of timely interventions.”
Cochrane encouraged community members who are experiencing domestic disputes to avail themselves of some third party intervention. This method presents another conduit and opportunity for police citizens’ collaboration with the Area 3 police can treat one of the main drivers behind the crimes committed in this area.
Bunting and his team also mandated the taskforce to develop a plan for the rehabilitation of the inmates at the lockups in Manchester. The Mandeville lock up was recently renovated to the sum of more than $14 million. The facility was tour by the Security Minister and his team. He lauded the improvement to the facility which he boasts could be compared to world class facilities.
Members of the taskforce includes: Chairman Rev. Oliver Daley, Custos of Manchester Sally Porteous, Mayor of Mandeville Brenda Ramsay, Mrs. Thelma Vassall, Pastor Michael Harvey, ACP Derrick Cochrane, Superintendent Lascelles Taylor, Dr. Owen Gordon, Dr. Grace Kelly, President of Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Wendy Freckleton, Rev. David Roomes, and Special Assistant to the Minister of National Security Ms. Trishanna Archer.
Communities which will get the priority attention are Georges Valley, Cedar Grove, Coleyville, Top and Bottom Greenvale, Comfort and Royal Flat, Grey Ground and Heartease, and Albion. The initiative will be replicated throughout the entire country as the Minister of National Security endeavours to rid the country of the scourge of crime and violence hence making Jamaica a place to live, work, raise family and do business.  

NCU President Urges Police to SMILE

The Jamaica Police Academy (JPA) recently added 177 constables to the contingent of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) when Batch 101 during a passing out parade at the Twickenham Park training depot. President of Northern Caribbean University (NCU) Dr. Trevor Gardner charged the constables to enter the realm of law enforcement with a new vision and will power to provide service above self. The batch which had a cadre of 50 female constables was significant not only for the JCF but also that which helped in signifying the fifth year of Jamaica’s independence.
The 23rd president of NCU shared with the constables and the large number of well-wishers at the event to ‘smile’ in the sun. The academician used ‘smile’ as an acronym in sharing with the newest batch of law enforcement personnel, service, morality, integrity, loyalty, and effectiveness. “Service is the best way to find yourself and this passion ought to be rendered without the intention of getting something in return,” Gardner posited.
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NCU President Dr. Trevor Gardner charges the new constables to give service above self to the nation 
He continued, “morality must not be pleased in a relativity context, as this must govern your every action. The people of this nation are depending on you to make a difference in their lives. Please note though that every departure from this standard of morality belittles the JCF, and to the contrary the high standards by which we as a nation hold you as enforcers of the law of this land.”
Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington concurred with Gardner in supporting the role that law enforcement officer in helping to build Jamaica. He was quick to point out, “policing a nation is not just dependent on the dedicated men and women of the JCF but there is a lot more that citizens can do and the activities that they get involved in on a regular basis. The police have remain very focused and continues to do our part in maintaining laws and the values and morals of this our country.”
Gardner chided the constables in living up to the high morals and values which the entire nation is expecting of them. He added, “confidentiality is a virtue of the loyal and loyalty is a virtue of faithfulness, so with this in mind, continue to be mindful that your service to this nation is indispensable.”
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A squad from the Batch 101 of the JPA pose with NCU President Dr. Trevor Gardner (seated - second left), Commissioner Owen Ellington (2nd right), Assistant Commissioner of Police in Charge of Training Clifford Blake (right) and Commandant of JPA Superintendent Merrick Watson (left) following their passing out parade recently 
Gardner was eager to point out to the new constables their oath of office, “you must establish your own values and live by them as you serve your nation with virtue. Stand in the breech and help this nation again in believing in the JCF and the values on which this august organization was established. If I had to trust two entities in this nation, the police would be one. The nation believe in you, give of your best as your contribution it Jamaica and to God.”
NCU vice president of Academic Administration Dr. Marilyn Anderson was on hand to present the constables who were trained in the para-professional counseling by Behavioural Sciences department their certificates.
Eight constables were recognized during the pomp and pageantry for different areas during the training period. For the best Christian principles, Woman constable Alma Bryce and Constable Lincoln Whyte, best leadership qualities, Constables Dane Vassell and Marvel Whitley, best shot, Constables Rolando Swaby and Omar Pennant, and highest mark obtained Woman Constable Kerron Robinson and Constable Howard Morris.