Po­lice call for more part­ner­ships to end in­equal­ity

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL - Jodi-Ann Gilpin Gleaner Writer

THE OVER­WHELM­ING les­son com­ing from a three-year project to train po­lice of­fi­cers on how to deal with vul­ner­a­ble groups in so­ci­ety, is that more part­ner­ships are needed in or­der for the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force (JCF) to pri­ori­tise is­sues of gen­der based vi­o­lence.

So said as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice at the National Po­lice Col­lege of Ja­maica, Nor­man Hey­wood, who told The Gleaner that the pro­gramme, which trained more than 50 po­lice of­fi­cers is well-needed. He dis­closed that close to 40 per cent of the re­ports they re­ceive on a daily ba­sis has to do with gen­der-based vi­o­lence. But with the se­vere re­source con­straints that the force bat­tles with daily, more col­lab­o­ra­tion will be nec­es­sary to ef­fec­tively deal with the is­sue.

“Frankly speak­ing, there are in­ci­dents that are treated with pri­or­ity, and some in­ci­dents will out­weigh some. We should be bal­anc­ing ev­ery­thing, but the re­al­ity is that we can’t bal­ance with the lim­ited re­sources that we have,” he said fol­low­ing the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony which took place at the Al­ham­bra Inn in St An­drew.


“Let me put it frankly, we are stretched, we deal with ev­ery­thing, from a call in re­la­tion to a threat, to mur­der, and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. What we need is part­ner­ship with sup­port groups for us to do more re­fer­rals. It’s just a small num­ber of of­fi­cers who are trained in how to deal with these is­sues. If we have more re­fer­ral agen­cies, more part­ner­ships, more places As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Nor­man Hey­wood, National Po­lice Col­lege of Ja­maica, chats with Dr Carolyn Gomes, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, Caribbean Vul­ner­a­ble Com­mu­ni­ties Coali­tion (CVC), at the CVC grad­u­a­tion on Wed­nes­day. where after we take the ini­tial and even­tu­ally deal with these re­port we can send persons, I is­sues,” he said. think that would help a lot,” “I’m see­ing a JCF that is Hey­wood told The Gleaner. more em­brac­ing of di­ver­sity,

The po­lice of­fi­cer, how­ever, deal­ing with ev­ery­one equally, sought to re­as­sure that public to serve all. The cul­ture has that there will be tremen­dous been an is­sue ... you have im­prove­ment in how the force dif­fer­ent sub-cul­tures, and the ad­dress is­sues that have to do po­lice are a prod­uct of the with women, chil­dren and the so­ci­ety ... and the po­lice of­fi­cers les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der com­ing out of this would have com­mu­nity. demon­strated what they have

“Look for­ward to more qual­ity learnt through­out the years. ser­vice, that is spread across a How­ever work­shops like these wider di­verse pop­u­la­tion. You have cre­ated a space for learn­ing can look for­ward to po­lice of­fi­cers and un­der­stand­ing and space for be­ing more aware of the com­ing to­gether of peo­ple from dif­fer­ent chal­lenges, the di­verse back­ground to im­part dif­fer­ent sec­tors in the so­ci­ety knowl­edge.”

Dr Carolyn Gomes from the Caribbean Vul­ner­a­ble Com­mu­ni­ties Coali­tion (CVC) and Kan­dasi Wal­ton-Lev­er­more from the Ja­maica AIDS Sup­port for Life also gave re­marks.

CVC and the Ja­maica AIDS Sup­port for life are two of six part­ners im­ple­ment­ing a project funded by the United Na­tions Trust Fund. The three-year project fo­cuses on ac­tions to re­duce gen­der-based vi­o­lence, par­tic­u­larly vi­o­lence against women, les­bian, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der peo­ple, fe­male sex workers, and women liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties.


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