The Jamaica Constabulary Training Complex now boasts the region’s most expansive and inclusive training modules, covering over one hundred subject areas.
The complex is home to five faculties; Jamaica Police Academy (Recruit Training), Caribbean Search Centre, Jamaica Constabulary Staff college, Firearm and Tactical Training Unit and Criminal Investigation Training Institute. It is also home to the Caribbean Regional Drug Law Enforcement Training Centre, the only one of its kind in the Caribbean.
The Jamaica Police Academy of the J.C.F., has in recent years taken on the task of revising and upgrading its training programme. It is the vision of the Jamaica Police Academy to be as competitive internationally in the quality of Police Officers it has enlisted as any other nation. In achieving this goal, constant research, evaluation, upgrading and revision of the training curriculum is compulsory. The quality of instructors at the Jamaica Police Academy is of such that this task is achievable given the support it deserves.
Laws and Police Procedures is one subject area offered at the Police Academy. This involves a theoretical and practical knowledge of the “Police Work” and is enhanced by experiences of the instructors who have been exposed to similar situations and have integrated the knowledge and skills acquired, into active Police duties.
The residence phase of recruit training is delivered in four structured stages called; Foundation Courses, Elementary, Intermediate and Final. These stages are designed to be graduated levels with matriculation predicated on the successful completion of the preceding stage.
The Caribbean Search Centre is a joint security venture between the British and Jamaican Governments. The Centre is one of two such facilities worldwide and was established at the Jamaica Police Academy at Twickenham Park St. Catherine in June 2001.
The Search Centre is headed by a Superintendent of Police with the deputy being a Major drawn from the ranks of the Jamaica Defence Force, thus making it a working symbol of the collaborative approach needed to tackle the region’s crime problems. The Centre takes cognizance of the impact of globalization and the region’s thrust towards the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME), and have included in its mandate, a commitment to operate on the frontline in the fight against narcotics trafficking, gun trading and other illicit activities.
In carrying out its mandate the Search Centre relies heavily on the use of technology and advanced techniques to search public spaces, buildings, vehicles, persons, and cargo. The Search Centre aims to:
The broad Objectives of the Caribbean Search Centres are:
The Jamaica Constabulary Staff College (JCSC) was established in 1984 with a mandate to position itself as the region’s premiere training institution in the Caribbean for the security sector. The JCSC offers training in both professional and academic studies. The professional section offers training to supervisors, junior and senior managers, in all areas of law enforcement.
The academic unit has made great strides over the years and now boasts national and regional accreditation. It currently offers joint courses with tertiary institutions such as the Mico University College, Northern Caribbean University, University of Technology and the University of the West Indies. The JCSC boasts a cadre of highly qualified persons who make up the faculty on location while its adjunct faculty is regarded as a formidable team of professionals who can match up with any in the region.
Subsumed within the JCSC is the Criminal Investigation Training Institute (CITI), formerly the Detective Training School which is the premier training institute for the development of skills and competencies for police investigators in Jamaica. It has over two decades of experience in the field. It functions as an entity with its own director and core staff, within the Department of Professional Studies of the College.
The core staff comprises of five dedicated detectives, residential tutors with several years of practical experiences in criminal investigations and classroom management. These trainers are the beneficiaries of various levels of training programmes both locally and overseas, professional courses, as well as, undergraduate studies. Supplementary Staff consists: Professionals within the criminal justice system, specialist within the organization and other qualified academics resource personnel.
In May 1995, the Government of Jamaica and the United Nations International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) signed a project for the establishment of a new Caribbean Regional Drug Law Enforcement Training Centre that, would serve the drug control needs, of different drug control agencies in the eighteen (18) English speaking Caribbean countries and ultimately, other Caribbean countries.
The main focus of the Centre’s activities rest on the strengthening of the capabilities of the Police, Customs, Port Security, Defence Force, Judiciary, Prosecutors, and other drug control bodies. Courses in Demand Reduction Strategies, Rehabilitation, Health Education and Social welfare are also available.