Safe and secure

Senior Superintendent Assan Thompson

KINGSTON — The Jamaica Constabulary Force says plans are in place to ensure Jamaicans enjoy the highest level of security during the upcoming Independence celebrations.

The security plans, according to Senior Superintendent Assan Thompson, the JCF’s point man at the Jamaica 50 Secretariat, will centre around the increased deployment of police personnel across all 19 divisions islandwide.

Thompson said the JCF’s staff complement has been “significantly bolstered” by the recent graduates from the Police Academy.

In addition, he said the JCF has closed down most of its administrative offices to make more police personnel available for operational duties.

“We are here to assure the nation that we are in a state of readiness to deal with the Jamaica 50 celebrations,” Thompson said during a press conference yesterday.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Wray Palmer, who is in charge of operations, said the JCF’s command and control centre would monitor all events across the island, and would be able to provide quick responses wherever required.

Do your part

However, he urged Jamaicans to take the necessary precautions to ensure their own safety.

“Yes, the police will be working to ensure the safety of every citizen, but citizens must do their part,” he urged.

Thompson said security would be particularly tight around the Jubilee Village being created outside the National Stadium complex, which is expected to attract at least two visiting heads of state and more than 100,000 Jamaicans. (Gleaner)

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