Government of Jamaica

Jamaica Constabulary Force

The Force is that arm of the Ministry which is responsible for the maintenance of law and order, the prevention and detection of crime, the investigation of alleged crimes, the protection of life and property, and the enforcement of all criminal laws as defined by the Jamaican jurisdiction. The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) also provides general assistance to the public as the case may arise. By adhering to their Citizens Charter, the JCF endeavours to satisfy citizens through general service as well as through the impartial, transparent enforcement of law and order. The Establishment of the JCF is 9930 plus fifty five (55) supernumerary positions making a total of 9985, but the current strength is 8441.

The Island Special Constabulary Force

The Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) is the first reserve to the regular Police Force. Approximately fifty eight percent (58%) of the personnel are deployed in Kingston and St. Andrew. Its members supplement the regular force in all facets of policing including the detection and investigation of major breaches of the Road Traffic Act.
The strength of the ISCF is 1386.

The District Constable

The District Constable (DC) is concerned with community patrolling and policing in order to minimize the incidence of crime. District Constables normally reside in the community that forms part of their area of responsibility.
The current strength of the DC is 1325.

 Budgetary Allocation:

The Approved Budget of the Force is as follows:

   2006/2007 Revised Budget 2007/2008 Approved Budget 
 JCF  13,953,887,000  16,000,000,000
 ISCF  1,376,761,000  1,472,538,000
 DC  555,042,000  911,673,000