PERSONS ENTERING the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will now have to undergo more stringent vetting as the Government embarks on a new policy of recruitment. Recruits will now be required to do a polygraph or lie detector test…

JCF recruitment rules relaxed

HEIGHT, WEIGHT and age restrictions are to be eliminated from the recruitment policy of the Jamaica

Constabulary Force (JCF).

This as the Implementation and Oversight Committee - the entity mandated to monitor and evaluate the JCF’s

change process and communicate the progress to the minister of national security and the public in transparent

ways, has recommended significant changes. The policy recommendations were disclosed by Assistant Commissioner

of Police Clifford Blake in a presentation at the committee’s meeting recently.

Foremost among the proposed changes is a recommendation for height, weight and age restrictions on recruitment

to be eliminated and replaced by an appropriate and bona fide physical ability test.

It was also recommended that arrangements for the security vetting of recruits be reviewed and upgraded in line

with the upgrading of security vetting across the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The third recommendation indicated that there should be an increased emphasis placed on the integrity, values

and conscientiousness of potential recruits. To this end, it was recommended that the JCF should explore the

employment of a reliable and valid conscientiousness testing instrument.

Interview aspect

Another major change is that the interview aspect of the recruitment process is now allocated fewer points than

the written aspect.

By extension, the committee also proposed that recommendation 74, which deals with height and weight

requirements, be adjusted to indicate that while the JCF has basic height and weight requirements,

discretionary waivers are an option.

According to a release from the Ministry of National Security, by rewording this requirement, prospective

applicants who do not meet the basic height and weight requirements may still be accepted, based on their

specific skills areas.

Meanwhile, in continuing its thrust to restructure the JCF’s operations, the civilianisation process has been


That was the word from the JCF’s Director of Corporate Services Angela Patterson at a recent sitting of the

Implementation Oversight Committee.

Working in phases and with creativity, a wide cross section of posts, once held by police personnel, has now

been filled by civilians or district constables, ensuring that more police officers are able to meet daily

police-specific demands.

With mobility of the force being a major priority, the JCF is also seeking innovative ways to address its

transportation needs. To this end, the corporate services division is working on a long-term solution to

acquire and manage the force’s transportation needs.

An accompanying cost analysis will be done to support the policy being drafted. Together, these documents will

guide the acquisition and management process.

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These are the most frequently asked questions about a career in the Jamaica Constabulary
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Q: What qualifications do I need to join the Jamaica Constabulary?
A: You are required to have al least four (4) CXC/GCE subjects at standard passes. In addition all applicants must undergo two written tests to ensure they have a reasonable standard of English and a numeric test. You will also need to be able pass our selection process and complete initial training

Q. How do I apply?
A. Application forms can be either be collected at the Police Divisional H.Q. nearest to you or downloaded from this site or completed and submitted online.

Upon completion of application form you may submit it at the recruiting office of your choice.

Q: How fit do I need to be to join the Police Service?
A: You must be physically fit and healthy to perform policing duties safely and effectively. You will take a fitness test as part of the recruitment process.

Q: How old do I need to be to join the police service?
A: The age you can apply is 18 years to 40 years old.

Q: As a postgraduate are there opportunities for me to enter at a higher rank?
A: Yes, There is currently an external graduate entry programme that allows entry at a higher rank.

However, this scheme is not on ongoing scheme.

Q: Can I join the police force if I have been convicted of an offence?
A: You are not acceptable if you have been convicted of any serious offence.

Q: If I am underweight/overweight can I join the police service?
A: You should not be significantly over or underweight.

Q: Can I Join If I have a criminal record ?
A: You must be honest and have a high degree of integrity to be a Constable.
Constables with criminal associations or convictions may be vulnerable to pressure to disclose information. Convictions and cautions for certain offences can also undermine a police officer’s position as a witness in court. For these reasons, The Jamaica Constabulary need to be careful about recruiting people with cautions or convictions.

Criminal record checks are made on all applicants.
As such you are required to disclose at the time of applying any caution for any Criminal offences.

The Commissioner of Police reserves the right to reject applicants without giving reasons.

Q. If I have a Tattoo can I still apply?
A. Tattoos are not a bar to applying. However, some tattoos could potentially offend members of the public or colleagues, or could bring discredit to the police force. It depends on their size, nature and location, and sometimes on the extent.

Tattoos are not acceptable if they:

Undermine the dignity and authority of the office of constable;

Could cause offence to members of the public or colleagues and/or invite provocation;

Are garish or numerous or particularly prominent;

Indicate alignment with a particular group, which could give offence to members of the public or colleagues;

Q. What are the standard options available for entry?
A. Regular Constable, Special Constable, District Constable/Rural Police, Cadet Core.

Q. Will I be paid during training?
A. YES, Student constables get full salary but no allowances such as housing since living quarters are place provided.

Q. Do I get to go home on weekend?
A. Not compulsory, weekends are awarded based on your appearance and ability to answer questions asked to you about Laws & Police procedures. However, in a case of emergency, the officer in charge of basic training may award student constables the weekend.

Q. Can I apply to specific area of the force?
A. Yes you can, after probationary period.

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