Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch
Minister Chang inspects some of the motorbikes acquired for officers of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF)

Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch

A new branch of the JCF, comprising of 700 members, was launched. PSTEB is a merger of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Division and the Motorised Patrol Division. It is responsible for public safety in town centres and major roadways.

• The PSTEB includes a roving motorcycle team to allow for rapid response in sufficient numbers. Teams concentrate primarily on breaches of public order that threaten public safety, such as vending outside of designated areas. Members also focus on safety along major thorough-fares.

Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC)

• Counterfeit goods valued over $1.2 billion were destroyed by C-TOC.

• C-TOC rolled out a campaign to sensitise the public about the dangers of counterfeit items.

Training

• 5,385 personnel were trained in human rights and use of force and 1,846 trained in less lethal techniques.

• Members of the JCF who benefited from domestic violence training are to become ambassadors in ending the scourge in the society. The JCF aims to have at least one person in each police station across the island, operating as a point person to interrupt domestic violence incidents at the community level.

• 610 persons were trained at the Caribbean Regional Drug Law Enforcement Training Centre (REDTRAC), in keeping with its mandate to provide training for law enforcement, border control, drug control and financial control personnel across the Caribbean.

New Commissioner Installed/Human Capacity Boosted

• Jamaica’s 30th  Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson,  was installed.

• 857 new constables were deployed across JCF divisions.

Canine Division

• More highly trained dogs were acquired, increasing the complement to 61.

• Refurbishing and expansion of dog kennels increased the number from 70 to 105. Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III

• 2,143 students were engaged in the School Suspension Programme for disruptive behaviours.

• 143 rap sessions were held with 5,862 parents, school resource officers, and students among others.

• 18 parenting workshops were conducted with 627 parents.

• 34 mediation sessions were held benefitting 95 persons.

• 374 youth were engaged in summer camps.

• 224 residents from Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Ann, Clarendon, St. Catherine and St. James benefitted from 115 mediation sessions between May to August 2018. Of the 115 mediated cases, 111 were referred by the courts, two by the police and two were walk-ins. Sixty-three or 55 per cent were criminal cases, 34 or 30 per cent were family cases; and 17 or 15 per cent were civil cases.

• 754 youth were engaged in skills training in areas such as general construction, welding, food preperation, electrical engineering, and allied health.

• The Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF) and CSJP III formed a partnership to implement a community mediation project that will provide free sessions to persons in conflict.

• Community profiles and safety plans were developed for 26 communities.

Safety and Security in Schools Unit

• 500 metal detectors were procured for the 2018/19 school year, up from the 130 in 2017/18.

• 30 walk-through scanners have also been secured for the 2018/19 school year, up from five in 2017/18.

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