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Montego Bay Community College to assist in training of policemen

BY HORACE HINES
Observer West reporter

Thursday, November 09, 2017

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The Ministry of National Security has commenced dialogue with the Montego Bay Community College in St James to assist with the training of policemen.

The disclosure was made during a meeting with National Security Minister Robert Montague, Police Commissioner George Quallo and members of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) in the resort city on the weekend.

“We are negotiating with two and now a third community college to assist us with the training of police officers. So we are moving to expand and to engage more and more at the tertiary level, because investment in education and into human resources is the greatest investment the country can make,” Montague said at a press conference following a closed-door meeting with MBCCI members.

Montague said during the private session he received a commitment from chairman of the Montego Bay Community College, renowned Montego Bay attorney Nathan Robb, to partner with the Ministry of National Security.

And during an interview with Robb, who is also a past president of MBCCI, he pointed out that the proposed training programme is to accommodate police recruits for a semester certificate programme at the community college.

He noted that, currently, in addition to the regular college courses, “we have a department called a workforce training department where we partner with institutions such as HEART Trust/ NTA and the private sector to train their workforce”.

“The police would in a sense become part of that workforce training and development,” Robb told the Jamaica Observer West.

He further underscored that in conjunction with the Ministry of National Security, principal of Montego Bay Community College, Dr Maureen Nelson, will be integral in the fashioning the particular course curriculum that will actually be offered.

Robb is hopeful that the proposed course will begin shortly.

“We are hoping to have this as soon as is possible, but at the same time we have to take certain things into practical consideration. So we are working with the Ministry [of National Security] and we will move as fast as possible to get it off the ground, because it (rebounds) to the benefit of the whole security situation of not just western Jamaica,” Robb argued.

Earlier this week, Montague, at an orientation ceremony, congratulated the University of the West Indies (UWI) for its pioneering move in facilitating the training of recruits from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

The orientation came on the heels of a memorandum of understanding that was signed in August of this year between the ministry and the UWI, under which the university will facilitate the training of 3,000 police recruits over three years.

Speaking at the MBCCI meeting over the weekend, Montague stated that, “we have already started discussion with the University Council of Jamaica to certify all the training institutes within the national security framework to establish what we are working on as a national security polytechnic”.

“So we have seconded the national technical director into that project from the ministry so that they will be certifying all courses and getting accreditation for all courses within the national security architecture,” he argued.

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