The Jamaica Constabulary Force is taking a more hands-on approach with educational institutions through its schools intervention programmes.

The Commissioner of Police Major Antony Anderson shares that this is a method that has been working and is effective in maintaining the peace in classrooms across the island.

He revealed this recently while speaking with CVM LIVE at Salt Spring Primary in St. James. He says the Jamaica Constabulary Force has been working closely with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in ensuring that violence in schools is reduced.

Another approach being taken is the School Resource Officer programme where Guidance Counselor and school administrators liaise with police officers. He says this form of intervention is being carried out in several schools and will be replicated for others.

According to him, it is best for police officers to build relationships with children and this will influence their future behaviour. He says officers being likened to Aunts and Uncles than just a regular officer to children is the outcome being sought after.

The Comissioner also adds that early intervention it needed to deter children from being drawn to crime and violence.

A state of emergency is still ongoing in western Jamaica in the parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover and St. James.

Khadijah Thomas