The Crime Monitoring and Oversight C,Recommittee (CMOC) has expressed concern that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will not meet its target of recruiting 1,000 persons by the end of March 2021.
The recruitment target was one of six key deliverables cited by CMOC, which are due next month.
While providing an update on the National Consensus on Crime during a virtual press conference last Thursday, CMOC Chairman, Lloyd Distant Jr, explained that the COVID-19 pandemic, among other things, has stymied the JCF’s recruitment drive.
“The target was that we should have had an increase of 1,000 new (JCF) recruits by the end of March 2021. At the end of December, we are at 359 (recruits),” Distant disclosed.
“We are tracking behind, and the explanation that has been provided to us is that the impact of COVID-19, as well as the budgetary constraints, would have hampered the efforts by the JCF to hit the targeted recruitment number,” he continued.