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UWI-trained cops graduate from Police College

Friday, August 17, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Two hundred and ninety three constables that trained at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus participated in the passing out parade and awards ceremony held today at the National Police College of Jamaica.

This is the first batch of new constables to graduate from the college as motorcyclists, pedal cyclists or motor vehicle drivers.

In the keynote address, Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Rudyard Spencer, said that the recruitment "is a part of the government's efforts to increase the police population ratio in order to enhance security services in the country.”

Valedictorians, constables Jahvarn Brown and Kenecia Morris spoke briefly on behalf of the graduating batch. Brown proposed that the graduates be “gatekeepers, safeguarding lives and property.”

“We are dedicating ourselves to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and Jamaica at large to serve, protect and to reassure,” Brown said.

Morris shared what the graduates gained through the art of field craft.

She affirmed that, “field craft taught us many things; more than anything modeled us to adapt… we also learned the dangers of our current profession and how to deal with them. It also developed our perseverance, patience and will power.”

The group, Batch 117, is the first cohort to train and graduate from the UWI.

“We do expect that this partnership will continue, we are very pleased to have partnered with the Ministry of National Security and the JCF. In this important activity, I think we have learned many lessons from this partnership and we do hope that you, the first cohort benefited from your time at UWI, Mona,” Dr Camille Bell-Hutchinson, registrar at UWI told the graduates.

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