(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has announced that additional security systems are to be put in place to protect returning residents to the island.
The JCF in a release from its Corporate Communications Unit assured returning residents that their safety and security remains a high priority of the organisation, adding that strategies and support systems are currently being bolstered for their protection.
This comes against the background of recent attacks on returning residents and the concerns expressed by the Diaspora to the commissioner of police during recent meetings in the United Kingdom.
The most recent attack is the brazen murder of a British couple which sent shockwaves throughout the quiet farming community of Mount Pleasant in Portland.
Two suspects have since been arrested as part of investigations into the defrauding of the British couple who were shot, their bodies burnt and their house fire-bombed.
The JCF said that some of the measures being pursued are the establishment of a point of contact for the Diaspora to address specific concerns about cases; it is also being considered to establish a service to do background checks, on request, of people who returning residents wish to employ.
A liaison officer will also be appointed in each police division to monitor and provide returning residents with timely feedback on policing matters.
Meetings will also be held regularly at the divisional level to enhance the sharing of important information.
The police said this will be augmented with a number of investigative strategies that will pay particular attention to cases involving returning residents.
“Our focus on the safety and protection of our returning residents is unequivocal. We take all reported incidents of crimes against them seriously and will further our work with our partners in Government and Non-Government Organisations to ensure communities are safe spaces for all who live, work or visit,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Crime, Selvin Hay.