Minister of National Security Horace Chang has urged the 290 newly minted police constables to embrace the values of integrity, professionalism, and accountability as they seek to maintain law and order in execution of their duties.
“Embrace the values of integrity, which is critical to conduct your work successfully. Professionalism and accountability, let them be the arm that seals you from the negative forces you will encounter in the field and you will encounter sometimes new ones that you don’t anticipate. Your training, and the value of professionalism, integrity, and accountability will protect you and carry you through successfully,” the security minister said.
He was speaking at the passing out ceremony for new graduates of the National Police College of Jamaica on Wednesday, November 29.
“The prevalence of violence in our society has reached epidemic proportions, presenting us with significant challenges. Criminal elements, organised crime syndicates, and other threat actors exploit your vulnerability in our communities posing a direct threat to the safety and wellbeing of our citizens. It is in this environment that your role of police constable becomes even more crucial,” Chang told the graduates.
While stressing that there may be individuals who seek to undermine their authority, Chang urged the young constables to practice discernment, compassion, and apply the principles learned in training.
“Always remember that your presence in the community is not just a symbol of authority, it must be a symbol of hope and security. Your actions shape the perception of law enforcement, your dedication will contribute to building trust in the communities you serve and building a better Jamaica,” he added.
He further urged family members of the newly minted constables to be goodwill ambassadors.