Skype presentation made by Mr Terrence Bent, Senior Superintendent of Police in Charge of the Mobile Reserve, to German Police Officers studying at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, hosted by this Embassy. (The person standing is their teacher, Dr. Francine Jobatey, who was translating some phrases.)
The Jamaican Embassy in Germany, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) in Germany, have signalled their interest to continue working together following the recently concluded information-sharing session with a group of German Police Officers in training at the School.
Following this year‟s successful staging of the session on July 16, the German officers indicated an interest in undertaking a short term exchange or internship programme with the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
The move is in its early stages of planning, but stakeholders involved believe it will further materialize with more consultation. The information sharing session was conceptualized in 2016 to facilitate Officers pursuing their Bachelors Degree in Professional Qualification for the Higher Police Service, at the BSEL.
Mr. Terrence Bent Senior Superintendent in the Jamaica Constabulary Force in charge of the Mobile Reserve, who presented (via Skype), has welcomed the proposal of an exchange programme between the two countries noting that Jamaica and Germany share common variables in crime, ”We have several similarities, cyber crime is an issue, trans-national crime involving the trafficking of persons into Europe and especially Germany. We hope that we can institutionalize the initiative”
Noting the immense impact of such an initiative, Professor at BSEL, Dr. Francine Jobatey, expressed pleasure at being able to provide their students with such an experience. “This will certainly stand out as a stellar moment in their time as university students and will guide them in their later work as Law Enforcement Officers,” she stated.
The Police Officers involved were exposed to a plethora of information including the mandate and history of the JCF, the organization‟s role in law enforcement, the practice of community policing in Jamaica and the country‟s vulnerability and response to the “guns-for-drugs” trade.
Chargé d‟ Affaires of the Jamaican Embassy in Germany, Ms. Keisha Kal Witter, lauded the proceedings citing that, “we value the opportunity to present another side of Jamaica. The topic of Policing in Jamaica is rather important as it presents the „other side‟ to the news on crime in Jamaica.”