2019 Guide on becoming a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF)

2019 Guide on becoming a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF)

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About The Jamaica Constabulary Force

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is the police force of Jamaica. Founded in 1716, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is the official police force of Jamaica, with their mission is ‘to serve, protect and reassure with courtesy, integrity, and respect for the rights of all.’

If you want to join the tradition, move according to the oath, and be a part of the family of dedicated police officers, I would like to thank you so much for considering this noble service.

The current head of the JCF is Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson. The JCF’s mission is ‘to serve, protect and reassure with courtesy, integrity and respect for the rights of all.’ The JCF falls under the authority of the Ministry of National Security.

The national roles of the JCF

  • To maintain law and order
  • To assist in the prevention and detection of crime
  • To investigate alleged crimes
  • To protect life and property
  • To enforce all criminal laws as defined by the Jamaican penal code
  • To provide general assistance to the public
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Strategic Vision

The vision of the Jamaica Constabulary is to become a high-quality professional service that is valued and trusted by all the citizens of Jamaica.

Value Statement

The Jamaica Constabulary is committed to the quality of its service delivery and the satisfaction of its internal and external customers.

Career options

  • Forensic science
  • Fraud investigation
  • Intelligence gathering and analysis’,
  • Investigation of serious and organized crime
  • Legal services

Ranks

  • Constable
  • Corporal
  • Sergeant
  • Inspector
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Deputy Superintendent
  • Superintendent
  • Senior Superintendent
  • Assistant Commissioner
  • Deputy Commissioner
  • Commissioner

Benefits

  • Paid Vacation Leave
  • Paid Departmental Leave
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Study Leave
  • Paid Maternity Leave
  • Advanced Training Courses (local and overseas)
  • Health insurance and access to medical benefits locally and internationally
  • Subsistence allowance
  • Duty allowance
  • Professional advancement
  • Accelerated promotion
  • Legal aid
  • Pension and gratuity
  • Police Association support (upon joining the association and payment of subscriptions)

Joining as a Regular Constable

Application Check List

The first step in the recruiting process is completing the Online Application Form. Once complete you print and take the completed form to a recruiting center where it will be checked along with supporting documents after which you be given a date to sit the entrance test.
The following documents are required when visiting the recruiting office.

Minimum academic qualification:

  • Four (4) CXC subjects including English and Maths.
  • CXC/CSEC – at grades 1-3 (grade 3 acceptable after 1998) or
  • GCE O’Level – at grades of A to C or
  • SSC – grades at ranges 4 and 5
  • English Language is compulsory.
  • Candidates should have Mathematics or any other numeric-based subjects such as Accounts, Chemistry, and Physics.
  • Any other qualifications that are equivalent to the aforementioned and so approved by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) or University Council of Jamaica (UCJ).
  • NB: JSC and lower educational qualifications are not accepted.
  • Note also that certification received overseas must be accredited in Jamaica. Applicants are required to obtain the requisite accreditation from the office of the UCJ.
  • Applicants who present tertiary level certification (eg. first and or second degrees) are required to sit the entry level exam.
  • Where the applicant possesses other qualifications such as certificate or diploma in addition to less than the four subjects required, the recruiting officer may conduct a brief interview with him/her and determine whether based on the transcript of these certifications, the candidate may be granted permission to sit the exam.

Supporting Documents Required

  • Four (4) Passport size photos (stamped and signed by a JP, Police inspector or higher rank)
  • Original Birth Certificate and Deed Poll (if applicable)
  • National Insurance Scheme (NIS) card
  • Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN) Card
  • Valid photo ID in the form of National ID, Driver’s Licence or Passport must be presented at all times during the recruiting process
  • Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • Divorce Absolute (if applicable)
  • Immunization Card
  • Discharge Certificate from previous Government Agencies (where applicable)
    NB. All documents must be originals with photocopies taken for verification and inclusion into your file.

Height, Weight & Age Requirements

  • Age Profile: 18-40 years
  • Female – 5' 3? * 125 lbs.
  • Male – 5' 5? * 135 lbs.
  • Applicants over 30 years must come from one of the following professions: military, education, medical, finance/banking, scientific, technical or legal.

The Application Process

You will have to first do an online application on the JCF’s recruiting website

Entry Examinations

After submitting the form, you will sit the five-part entry examination that has 200 marks. You need 60 percent or 120 marks to pass and move on in the application process. You also need to have 50 percent or more in the spelling component to prevent automatic disqualification.

The entrance test has five sections:

  • Math
  • Spelling
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Word Usage

Additionally, there will be a section of narrative writing where you will do an autobiography.

The test is conducted at 8:00 a.m. Mondays to Fridays at the recruiting centers. The entire exam is marked out of 200 and in order to pass, the applicant must attain at least 120 marks. The spelling test is administered first, it has thirty words and the applicant must get 15 of the words correct to pass the exam. Applicants are told whether or not they have passed the exam the same day.

Antecedent Investigations

If successful, you will be processed for security concerns. That will involve interviews with your friends and references. They will check your school records, religion, work history, family history, associates, assets, liabilities, social groups or organization, internet misconduct, use of force against the police, gambling among other things.

Also, if you are older than 25, you must be prepared to explain the time-gaps in unemployment.

Panel Interview

Candidates will undergo a panel interview with 3-4 Senior Officers from the JCF Human Resource Department. They will assess your oral communication skill, mental agility, general knowledge, appreciation of the role of the police in society.

They can also ask for details on the application form and conduct further security checks.

Physical Assessment

You will be required to do a physical fitness examination that will feature skills like running, push-ups, etc. This is to ascertain the level of their physical fitness as it relates to coordination and general agility. Again, the passing grade is 60%.

Further security checks

Your biometric data, like fingerprints, will be sent for processing to the Transnational Crimes and Narcotics Division (TCND) Division and National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) for checks against local and international intelligence and criminal databases in order to prove that you have a clean sheet here and abroad.

Medical Assessment

You will then do a medical screening involving blood tests, blood pressure tests, pregnancy tests, drug test vision and hearing tests, urine analysis and x-rays.

Psychological Assessment

This evaluation will test for the measurement of psychological variables such as intelligence, aptitude, and personality traits. This will include an OMNI Inventory Test. You may have to be prepared for a polygraph to make sure that the person is mentally and morally fit for the job and to ensure that these people are dedicated to the code of conduct they will undertake.

Training

There are three stages that must be completed by the successful applicant during training. First Stage, Intermediate, Stage Final Stage. At the end of each stage there is an examination that each student MUST pass in order to move on to the next stage. The training for new recruits is five months. It is conducted at the main training facility at Twickenham Park. The curriculum covers the fundamentals of policing, introduction to law and police procedures, human rights and use of force, anti-corruption and ethics, firearms training, and basic combat procedures.

This five-month training is followed by 19 months of on-the-job training, which completes the statutory two-year probationary period. The on-the-job training exposes the new graduates to the court system, criminal investigation, enforcement of traffic laws and accident investigation, lock-up administration and prisoner handling, patrols, basic operational procedures, and general policing.

At the conclusion of the probationary period, the recruit is confirmed as a member of the organization.

 

Accommodation

Living accommodation will be provided at the Staff College for candidates during all three modules of the programme.

 

Joining as a District Constable

Application Check List

The first step in the recruiting process is completing the Online Application Form. Once complete you print and take the completed form to a recruiting center where it will be checked along with supporting documents after which you be given a date to sit the entrance test. 

Minimum academic qualification:

  • The applicant must have a school leaving certificate. No academic examination passes are required. However, the applicant must score a minimum average of 60% in written tests in English and Mathematics. Applicants with CXC passes or its equivalent will be given priority consideration.
  • Successful applicants in the tests will be interviewed by an interview panel. A minimum score of 60% must be attained at the interview for further processing. The applicants who have passed the interview will be required to do a medical examination, blood test, and physical test.

Supporting Documents Required

  • Four (4) Passport size photos (stamped and signed by a JP, Police inspector or higher rank)
  • Original Birth Certificate and Deed Poll (if applicable)
  • National Insurance Scheme (NIS) card
  • Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN) Card
  • Valid photo ID in the form of National ID, Driver’s Licence or Passport must be presented at all times during the recruiting process
  • Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • Divorce Absolute (if applicable)
  • Immunization Card
  • Must have two (2) recommendations from any of the following persons: Justice of the Peace, Minister of Religion, Attorney-At-Law, School Principal, Police Officer not below the rank of Inspector, any Commissioned Officer of the Jamaica Defence Force, Parish Councillor and Medical Doctor.
  • Discharge Certificate from previous Government Agencies (where applicable)
    NB. All documents must be originals with photocopies taken for verification and inclusion into your file.


Height, Weight & Age Requirements

  • Age Profile: 18-40 years
  • Female – 5' 3? * 115 lbs.
  • Male – 5' 5? * 125 lbs.


Path to promotion

After a minimum of two years as a DC sitting an exam and passing, doing a physical a medical and passing a lie detector test, they will be trained for four months, be on probation for two years then become proud members of the Constabulary Force

Joining through the New Accelerated Promotions Programme (NAPP) (previously Graduate Entry Programme)

In 1989 the then Minister of National Security and Justice, the Honourable K.D. Knight, indicated in his budget presentation that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) should seek to attract Graduates with certain skills. In April 1994, Cabinet gave approval for a number of proposals emanating from the Hirst and Wolfe Reports to improve the capabilities of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. In keeping with the recommendations of the Hirst Report and Cabinet’s approval, the post of Assistant Superintendent of Police was to be used to accommodate the Graduate Entry Programme.

In October 2011, then Minister of National Security, Senator Dwight Nelson gave approval for the creation of a New Accelerated Promotions Programme (NAPP). This new policy supersedes all previous policies dealing with the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Graduate (Direct) Entry, Internal Graduate Develop and Accelerated Promotion Programmes.

Requirements

  • Applicants must have at least a Bachelors Degree or equivalent qualification from an accredited tertiary institution or
  • Applicants who are not the holders of a Bachelors Degree, must have at least two years service and possess accredited Diplomas or Associate Degrees or
  • Applicants must have at least two years service and at least three CAPE passes at the minimum Range 3 or GCE “A’ Level with a minimum C grade pass

Selection Process

  • Phase I Written Exam
  • Phase II Assessment Centre
  • Phase III Panel Interview
  • Phase IV Integrity Screening (Ethics Committee Interview and Polygraph Test)

The Written Examination (Phase I) shall comprise:: –
a) Argument, and Logical Reasoning
b) Comprehension and Writing Skills

Candidates must be successful in Phase 1 in order to advance to Phase II – the Assessment Centre. A pre-screening of applicants will be conducted prior to their admission to the first phase of the selection process. This will include a report on their work, worth and conduct from their Commanding Officers.

Assessment Centre (Phase II) – Candidates will be engaged in a range of individual and group
exercises designed to test their ability in :
a) Comprehension and Writing Skills
b) Critical Thinking
c) Problem Solving
d) Systematic Reasoning
e) Communication
f) Leadership & Team Skills

The training programme is comprised of five (5) modules the first of which will not be applicable to candidates who have already completed their basic recruit training. The phases are:
a) Module 1 – Basic Recruit Training (16 weeks)
b) Module 11 – Personal Effectiveness (8 weeks)
c) Phase 111 – Advanced Academic Development (20 weeks)
d) Module IV- Professional Development (Staff and Junior Command Course Special) 24 weeks
e) Module V – Attachment and Mentoring

Basic Training

All applicants in this programme must complete the regular basic training in laws and police procedures at the Jamaica Police Academy. This will provide them with the fundamentals to develop organizational understanding to facilitate the transition from civilian life to law enforcement. A strong focus will be placed on the organization’s mission, vision, philosophy and values. It will also provide for the theoretical and practical training in Basic Laws, Police Duties and Procedures, Human Rights and Use of Force and Firearms.

Accommodation

Living accommodation will be provided at the Staff College for candidates during all three modules of the programme.

Graduation

At the end of the taught courses, successful candidates will graduate from training. This is before they enter the mentorship phase. A career development programme will be designed for the graduates to guide their gradual exposure and further development in vital areas of police leadership and command.

Recruiting Centres

Area 1- Freeport Police Station # 952-2417, 952-4396

Area 2- St. Mary Pompano Bay # 975-5270

Area 3- May Pen Police Station # 902-9905 or 542-5626

Area 4&5- Office Centre Building 12, Ocean Boulevard # 922-6104

Central Recruiting Office # 982-2773

Frequently asked questions

I am interested but I don’t have mathematics, I have English in CXC and City & Guilds

How do I apply and where do I go with document and when is the closing date

If I have no subject can I still apply?

Where can I get the application form?

Where do I bring the completed application form and the other documents

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

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 offenses 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.

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

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