The U.S. Embassy through the office of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) yesterday handed over 3,500 non-lethal kits to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) under the Less than Lethal Force Project. The project will provide equipment and training to 7,000 front-line JCF officers in order to reduce incidents of citizen death and injury resulting from police actions. It will also serve to enhance professionalism, and improve public confidence in and support of the JCF.
U.S. Ambassador Luis G. Moreno and National Security Minister Hon. Robert Montaque signed a letter of agreement during the official ceremony held at the National Police College, Twickenham Park, St. Catherine. The equipment consists of a collapsible metal baton, pepper spray, handcuffs, equipment holsters and equipment belt. The first set of tools was delivered in November of 2014.
Following the handover ceremony, JCF members demonstrated how the equipment would be used as an alternative to resolve potentially hostile situations with the least possible force. Remarks were delivered by Ambassador Luis G. Moreno, Minister of National Security, The Honorable Robert Montaque, Police Commissioner Dr. Carl Lewis and Deputy Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant.
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