The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is moving from a paramilitary style of policing to a citizen focused service organization based on the philosophy of community policing. Community-based Policing (CBP) is at the heart of the culture shift mandate, and reinforces the need for our members to recognize the centrality of the citizens of Jamaica to police effectiveness. This means each member has to develop an understanding and acceptance of the important and critical difference between “policing the community” and “policing with the community”.
The JCF through the implementation of various Community policing initiatives has been evolving as a proactive and service oriented organization that places partnership at the forefront of its operational strategies. The concept of “policing with the community” is at the core of partnership which in essence is the nucleus of community policing. This approach has seen the JCF forging numerous partnerships with various stakeholders within the communities they serve from both government and non-government organizations as well as international organizations.