The boundaries of Jamaica’s police divisions may be realigned as the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) grapples with a spike in murders despite steep declines in most other serious and violent crimes, Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson has revealed.
Anderson said that the mapping rethink would be based on astrategic analysis of demographic shifts in towns and communities that could result in the borders of the country’s 19 police divisions being changed.
The move represents part of the reformation drive led by Anderson in an attempt to recalibrate law enforcement as more brain than brawn.
The upshot of the realignment is ultimately to curb and solve crimes, particularly murders and other gun-related offences.
“It is something we are looking at, primarily how we police the Kingston Metropolitan Region and how we police the rest of the country,” Anderson told The Gleaner at yesterday’s passing-out exercise of 332 constables from the National Police College of Jamaica at Twickenham Park, St Catherine.
Those numbers are expected to be a small step in Anderson’s mandate to move the complement of police personnel from 12,000 to 18,000 by 2024. That goal is dependent on how fast the JCF can enlist new recruits and reduce the annual attrition of about 500 officers.